Does anyone know how I can constantly maintain the aspect ratio lock when cropping.
When I unlock it, every image after that seems to also be unlocked.
I want to set a default to have it locked.
You can't. Like most controls in Lightroom, it defaults to its last state.
However, you can toggle the state of the padlock with the A key. That's easier than mousing over to the padlock icon and clicking.
You can actually change the default back to locked state. If you complete the crop in the unlocked state, lightroom will default future crops to the unlocked state. To fix this, enter develop mode on a photo, press "r" to enter crop edit mode, then press "a" to toggle from unlocked to locked aspect ratio, then "r" again. This should default lightroom back to the locked state. The trick to avoid this is when you crop a photo to a non-standard ratio, make sure you relock the aspect ratio before completing the crop. This way you can use a non-standard aspect ratio for your photo without setting the unlocked crop as the default.
This did not work for me. I found this same answer in a similar thread as well.
Very strange since many other tools save their defaults in this same method, such as the Adjustment Brush and Graduated/Radial Filters.
Hi, My aspect ratio was in the locked position but I wanted it in the unlocked for all pics without have to change it. Found the solution. Click a photo, click crop then click settings up at the top of the Lightroom module, scroll down to the crop area. There you will find reset crop, crop as shot, constrain crop, etc. If you want the aspect ration locked then click constrain crop, if you dont, then click it again to unrestrain crop.
LR remember the crop status (lock/unlock) you set AFTER opening the crop tool but BEFORE adjusting the crop.
- Click on the crop tool
- BEFORE doing any crop adjustement, set the status you want
- Do your crop adjustements
The next time you will selct the crop tool, it will have the status you set.
If you change the status after having done some crop adjustement, this status will be saved for this image only.
The same rule applies for other tools, like local tools. Slider settings remembering works the same way. Settings done AFTER selecting the tool but BEFORE defining the mask will be remebered the next time you will call the tool. Settings done AFTER defining the mask will be remembered for this image only.
this does not work for me with the latest 9.2.1 (windows 10 latest updates).
What I tried: Select a new image, select crop tool (using the r key), locking the aspect (using the a key), click on done, select the next new image - the aspect is still unlocked for any other image. Maybe it would be better to have a setting within the preferences to avoid that kind of "magic" behaviour.
This is because you didn't use the crop tool after setting the lock.
I agree this not obvious, since if you call the crop tool it's for using it...
Oh, I forgot to mention that I tried that next - so samecsteps but changing the crop a bit then click "done". Nu luck either.
there is something to report from my side.
While the method described by You did not work out for me the issue went awai magically after I have worked with my catalog from my laptop.
My foto library and the catalog is stored on an external hard disk which I also use when in I am away from home.
As all the settings of lightroom are stored on the individual Windows 10 installations I have no idea why this could solve the issue but it did seemingly (maybe this is only coincidence or some butterfly coming around now in spring...).
I know this is not of any help, but I wanted to report it - just for the case some Adobe dev might have an idea 🙂