Camera Raw Crop Default Settings

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Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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I've searched the forum and elsewhere but can't find an answer. My usual workflow when cropping begins with keeping with keeping the aspect ratio to original. However, clicking on the crop tool it always begins with custom. I have to change it and also click constrain to image. Anyone know a way to change the default on that to "original" aspect? Thanks.

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Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/using/rotate-crop-retouch-images-camera.html

 

Crop images

  • In the Camera Raw dialog box, select the Crop tool 
     
    (or press C).

    To constrain the initial crop area to a specific aspect ratio, hold the mouse button down as you select the Crop tool 

     

    and choose an option from the menu. To apply a constraint to a previously applied crop, Ctrl-click (Mac OS) or right-click (Windows) on the crop.


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Thanks for the reply, but I want to know how to change the default (custom) to original aspect ratio, so when I open the crop tool it's always set to original ratio. Isn't there a way to change the default when it opens?

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 Part of the new crop logic is there is always a crop.  IOW, there is no longer have the concept of "no crop", just a "wide open crops" (full frame, full image so to speak).  So the state where the crop is locked to some specific aspect ratio but the image is still not cropped no longer exists.

 

There's a number of ways to save the crop, depending on what you want. You can do a "Copy Settings" and then "Paste Settings: if you have a number of images selected. This can be done from the filmstrip clicking on the three little dots.

You can also do a "Save Settings" as a Preset and call it up at any time using a similar GUI. If you only wanted the Crop, you'd probably select first "None" then just click on the "Crop" check box, give the preset a name then recall it whenever you wanted it. You can even save this out as XMP to load but a preset is probably better (XMP would be useful for saving across multiple computers). 

 

With the Preset, you could have just this crop but you could have a crop and any of the other settings built there too as seen below where I have crop and geometry in one preset. 

 

You could probably save the crop as a new raw default but I don't think I'd go that route. I'd prefer to start without a crop which is how it now works, then paste or set a preset depending on the need, edit that from there if necessary. But that should allow a 'default' though out all photo's. 


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Right. So no way to change the default from custom to original aspect? Lightroom always opens the crop tool as original aspect. (See attachment.) 

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