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LR crop tool opacity adjustment

Explorer ,
Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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Hi guys, I'm just looking for a slider/button/setting to adjust the opacity while using the crop tool in LR (classic). As it's too much time consuming to display every ready cropped image on a second monitor while working through thousands of images, I want to avoid it. Helpful would be only to stay on the main display and let the cropped out parts of the image more faded out.

So now my short question if there is any tool or setting to reduce the visibility of the imageparts outside the crop frame (maybe darken them more etc...)? Am I overlooking s.th. or isn't there no way?

Thanks for your suggestions and ideas.

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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When applying a crop to an image, the surrounding area outside the crop is darkened, but LrC will not give you a 'permanent' preview of the area outside the crop as you are hoping for.

So TBMK- no way!

A quick way to check a crop (after one is done on any image) is to use the keyboard shortcut [R] to Open, then repeat [R] to Close the Crop tool.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.3 Photoshop 24.3, ACR 15.3, Lightroom 6.3, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.3, Windows-11.

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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Thanks for your quick response, Rob.
That was my hunch 😕 hmmmm. Good to hear that I've nothing overlooked, but not good in case of my "problem". I'm not looking for a "permanent" preview, but during using the croptool I wish to see the cropped off area more darkened than LR is currently doing in order to adjust the crop more/most exactly. Maybe the grade of darkness fits for many users. In my case I would like to focus just a bit more on the final crop/image. Turning the tool on and off seems like the best workaround, but at the end of the day that will lead into too many extra clicks working through such a huge amount of images.

So @Adobe developer crew: Please give us/me a little slider or insert field to set the opacity or darkness of the cropped out area during the usage of the tool to an individual value - maybe as part of the settings or within the croptool itself...

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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I don't know if this will be of use to you. While the crop tool is active, press the [ L ] Key to cycle 'Lights Out' mode. It will darken everything but the cropped area. 

 

Note: it is a three position toggle so you have to hit the [ L ] twice to return to normal view.  If memory serves the first L is 80% and the second 100%. 

 

 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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Thanks for your suggestion, Rikk. I did not know this function yet, but just as toggeling the crop function on and off with R it will generate a huge amount of additional clicks while working through 3-4K of images. It is also a good workaround just as the R, but the best solution would be without extra mouse/keyboard action, only staying in the crop-tool/-mode and adjusting the final crop. Therefore it would be helpful getting the cropped parts faded out darker...

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