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add specific size options to crop tool

Community Beginner ,
Jun 29, 2024 Jun 29, 2024

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Please add the ability to set a specific size to the crop tool rather than just an aspect ratio.  I am adding this as another request because the prior request only asked for specific pixel dimensions, which would be useful. Still, a physical dimension in inches or mm would be preferable for most printing situations.  

 

This would save me an enormous amount of time and storage space because now I have to make a copy of the image, open it in Photoshop, crop it to the specific dimension, and save it rather than using virtual copies in LRC (or LR) which would be both speedier and use much less storage resources.

 

I need this like I need to breathe.  Please make it so!

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Engaged ,
Jun 29, 2024 Jun 29, 2024

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Whoa!  Your characterazion of "aspect ratio" is faulty.  Aspect ratio's have nothing to do with measurements like inches or centimeters.  It's a "ratio", not a "Measurement".  

 

I hsve no idea why you feel the need to go to photo shop to get your desired croppiong.  I assume you goal is to crop so that a an image could be cropped to allow it to exactly fit on a, say,  15" x 20" piece of paper when printed.   Just  use the 3x4 crop ratio.  But let's say you want 7.5" x 13".  Juct make a crop ratio that is 75 x 130.  Eventual printed inches don't matter when cropping as that is determined when exporting or printing.

 

If you want the exact number of pixels needed to fill a print of, say 15" x 20" (the the print driver doesn't have to figure it out), once it is cropped to that aspect ratio, in the export dialog you can specify the inches along with a PPI (say 300 for a printer that prints 300 DPI) and LrC will figure out the number of pixels in each direction needed for that paper size and printer.

 

Here's an article on this topic that I posted to my website earler this month that you may find useful.

https://www.danhartfordphoto.com/blog/2024/6/lr021-image-size-aspect-ratio-resolution-and-files-for-... 

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LEGEND ,
Jun 29, 2024 Jun 29, 2024

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Where are you printing?

 

  • At home
  • At a store, typically a low end photo shop, or department store like Walmart, or a pharmacy like CVS, Walgreen's
  • At a photo share site such as SmugMug
  • At a Photo Print service, like Bay Photo, Whitehall, etc

 

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Jun 30, 2024 Jun 30, 2024

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While I agree totally with @Califdan2 and have never ever found a need to crop to specific pixel dimensions rather than an aspect ratio, I know there is a plugin that can do this. https://johnrellis.com/lightroom/anycrop.htm

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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