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P: Ability to set the default crop ratio in the Develop module crop tool

Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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In the Develop module, when selecting the crop action, the default crop ratio that is selected to be applied to the image is set to 2:3 by default. That default cannot be changed. As a result, when editing a large number of pictures that would ALL require the same crop ratio but different from the 2:3 default (4:5 for example), you will need for each image, to select the crop action, then select 4:5, then do your crop.

 

It would be great if the Default could be changed so when selecting the crop action you do not have to select the same different ratio all the time (which could lead to errors and waste of time). 

 

Current workflow:

For each images: Select crop Tool > Select new crop ratio (4:5 for example) > Crop


New workflow:

Once: Set default to the desired ratio (4:5 for example)
For each image: Select Crop tool > Crop

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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My workflow for that

 

  1. Select all the images I want to have he same crop ratio. (Auto Sync on)
  2. Select the crop I want.
  3. Deselect the images.
  4. One at a time select an image and alter the crop if required (move, enlarge, etc)

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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"when editing a large number of pictures that would ALL require the same crop ratio but different from the 2:3 default (4:5 for example), you will need for each image, to select the crop action, then select 4:5, then do your crop."

 

In addition to Auto Sync, some additional methods:

 

1. In Library Grid view, select all the desired photos. In the Quick Develop panel, change Crop Ratio to 4x5.

 

2. In Develop or Library, change the crop ratio of one photo to 4 x 5. Then in the film strip or Grid view, select all the desired photos, with the changed photo as most-selected, and click the Sync (Develop) / Sync Settings (Library) button in the lower-right corner and select just Aspect Ratio.

 

3.In Develop or Library, change the crop ratio of one photo to 4 x 5. Right-click that photo's thumbnail and do Develop Settings > Copy Settings and select just Aspect Ratio. Then select all the other photos thumbnails, right-click one of them, and do Develop Settings > Paste Settings. DO NOT USE THE PASTE BUTTON in the lower left, the menu commands from the top menu bar, or keyboard shortcuts if you're in Library of Develop Loupe view (one image showing in the main window).

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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I already tried that, but it is even more time consuming than selecting the same ratio each time as you have to alter each crop instead of just defining it once.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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"I already tried that, but it is even more time consuming than selecting the same ratio each time as you have to alter each crop instead of just defining it once."

 

The Sync Settings method will take far fewer clicks with larger numbers of photos.

 

Your current method: For each photo, click the crop tool. Click the Aspect Ratio dropdown. Click 4 x 5. Adjust the crop.

 

For N photos, that's 3 * N clicks.

 

Using Sync Settings: On the first photo, click the crop tool. Click the Aspect Ratio dropdown. Click 4 x 5. In the film strip, click the first photo. Shift-click the last photo. Click Sync, Check None, Aspect Ratio, Synchronize. Then for each photo, click the crop tool and adjust the crop.

 

For N photos, that's 9 + N clicks.

 

So for N > 4 photos, it's fewer clicks to use Sync Settings. For example, with N = 25, your current method takes 75 clicks, whereas Sync Settings takes 34 clicks.

 

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Contributor ,
Jan 07, 2024 Jan 07, 2024

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It would be sooooo helpful and time saving if we could change the DEFAULT CROP ASPECT RATIO.   I do everything square and have to waste a lot of time changing from original every time I crop.   (can't change my camera either)

thanks,

Judy

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LEGEND ,
Jan 07, 2024 Jan 07, 2024

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This would save you one step. you will still need to move the crop around to suit the particular image, you would still need to adjust the crop size to suit the composition. Now this would probably be no different as if you were to create a preset to apply, or you were to batch edit the photos with auto sync on, or you were to crop one, copy the setting, then select the remainder and paste the setting.

 

You state that you cannot change this in camera? What camera? Typically their is an in camera setting that apply to the JPEG files, and to the embedded JPEG if shooting RAW. That setting (if shooting RAW) will be embedded in the RAW data, and you might be able to apply that automatically during import. /preferences/presets/RAW Defaults/  , and no, I have not tried that, I do not know if it will work. That way you could in effect crop in camera, and pass that along to LrC as your original composition intent.

 

/edit/followup/ I just tested the last in my X-T5, it works. Changed IQ for image ratio to 1:1. Took a shot (RAW), made sure in LrC that my RAW Defaults differed to the camera, Imported, and end result, a nice square image.

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2024 Jan 08, 2024

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Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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I don't do 9 or 10 at once.   I work on one photo at a time.   And learning all those commands and *getting it to work* and then forgetting before the next time would be more time consuming than adjusting each time like I do now.   *WHY* can't they make it an option?   It can't be that hard to code.

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