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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM CROP TOOL

Using Lightroom Crop Tool to Fix Imperfect Compositions

Composition plays a significant role in photography. Lightroom Crop tool helps photographers correcting or modifying their design and create dynamic compositions without affecting the original photos. 


For instance, in landscape photography, the Horizon should be straight. Lightroom Crop tool allows you to straighten the Horizon.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool

Lightroom Crop Tool to save the composition!
Lightroom Crop Tool to save the composition!

The other day, I was walking to work and saw a beautiful butterfly. There was no time for me to grab my camera, so I reached for my smartphone and hastily took a shot.
As I was expecting, the composition was anything but perfect! Thanks to the Lightroom Crop tool, I could fix the image.

Here are a couple of tips for cropping a photo in Lightroom.

Lightroom Crop Tool Tips:

Tip Number 1: Lock the Aspect Ratio

If you need a particular look for your photo, for instance, a square format, lock the aspect ratio.      


By unlocking the Padlock, you can do free-hand cropping. This feature is beneficial when there are not any requirements.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool: Free-hand

Unlocking the Aspect Ratio, you can crop photos in free-hand mode.
Unlocking the Aspect Ratio, you can crop photos in free-hand mode.

Tip Number 2: Adjusting the Horizon

The Crop tool offers Auto straightening. However, in some pictures, the auto tool does not work correctly.


You adjust the Horizon Manually by using the LEVEL tool or going to the corner of the photo and rotating the image.


Tip 3: Changing Crop Orientation

While in the Crop tool, you can change the crop orientation by pressing the letter X on your keyboard.   


That is all for now.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool: Adjusting the Horizon

Keep Horizon straight
Keep Horizon straight

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