I usually need to crop or straighten my pictures in Lightroom, and then I rescale them a little bit to frame them for my Instagram project, but I always encounter this issue: when I scale after cropping, it obviously scales the whole picture (even what I cropped out). What I normally do is that I save the picture and add it again in Lightroom only to scale it, but I am sure this is overkill and I am missing something super simple here.
What version of LrC are you using?
" .. then I rescale them a little bit.." What are you doing to 'rescale' them. LrC doesn't have that feature like PS does unless you are taking about Enhance.
"... I save the picture and add it again in Lightroom only to scale it, .." Not sure of your steps here. Are you saying you EXPORT it (Save) and then Re-IMPORT it? Do you scale it on the EXPORT?
AFAICT the OP's issue is, that the Scale slider in Transform cannot be set to constrain itself to the extent of the current crop. Only, to the extent of the entire original image.
Another way to achieve the same effective result, with the same caveat, is to update the crop by dragging any corner handle with the Alt key held down (that's on Windows - Option key I believe, on Mac).
In Transform, you have the option to scale, but there are also sliders to move the X and Y positions, which may be a better option when trying to get it all to fit. Of course you can drag the crop about as well.
Nothing. You crop to a ratio and set the pixel size you require when you export. This is how it's been since Lightroom 1.
I advise: eliminate from your mind all notion of Lightroom cropping or transforming having anything to do with the number of pixels, pixels per inch or anything of that sort - except indirectly.
Crop has to do with a picture's compositional framing (including rotation, and overall shape).
Hi all, thank you for your advice and input. I thought the best thing to do is show you so I will attach the steps I do here:
Step 1. Crop/ rotate
Step 2 - this is the picture I want to scale / frame
Step 3 Geometry --> Scale. Normally I use this to create white margins like a frame.
Instead of staying cropped, when I scale it, it uses the whole original picture. So I have to export the cropped picture and reimport it, in order to have this result:
Hope that makes sense. Thank you
The white margins seen in your example are - necessarily - overspill, wherever the boundaries of the original image have been exceeded.
If you want to export an image plus a border there are two ways to go - well, three I suppose
@richardplondon came up with a number of good suggestions but I am not clear on how you want the framing to appear.
When you say "Step 3 Geometry --> Scale. Normally I use this to create white margins like a frame" I take it you want to retain the white margins. In that case, make sure that 'CONSTRAIN CROP' is not clicked. The export I did in the example above shows this.
If you want to have equal borders, then keep CONSTRAIN CROP checked then use PRINT TO JPG in the PRINT module, as @richardplondon mentioned, to create a white border (or any other colour you want) around the print. Here's an example with a blue background.
Or you can use Color Efex Pro's Preset for "Image Border" (Type 14).
That generates a clean white border around the image.
Type 13 will do so with a clean black border.