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Among Lightroom’s many features, the ability to crop and straighten photos is essential for achieving a polished and professional look. Whether you want to remove distractions, improve composition, or align a crooked horizon, mastering the art of cropping and straightening in Lightroom is key.
In this tutorial, we will explore step-by-step instructions and useful tips to help you effortlessly crop and straighten your photos, unleashing their full potential with precision and finesse.
With Lightroom open, select the image that you want to crop and/or straighten. You can do this in the Library module or the Develop module.
Once your image is selected, open the Crop Tool. You will find it located on the toolbar just above the Basic Panel in the Develop Module (along with many other important tools). The crop tool icon looks like a rectangle with corner handles which symbolizes the concept of cropping and adjusting the composition of a photo.
As a shortcut, you can also click the "R" key on your keyboard to activate or deactivate the Lightroom Crop Tool.
Cropping your photo is easy. Once the Crop Tool is open, a grid-like overlay will appear over your photo (Note: clicking the crop tool again will make the crop grid disappear).
To crop your photo, click and drag the handles found on each corner and side of the crop frame as desired. You can also adjust your crop by clicking and dragging within the crop frame to position your photo. In other words, move the photo around under the bounding box to select WHAT YOU WANT or DO NOT WANT to be in the frame.
You can straighten your image using the Lightroom Crop Tool, by clicking OUTSIDE of the cropping frame and cropping handles. When you do this the tool will change to a "curved arrow" that will allow you to rotate the crop to straighten your photo or provide a different perspective.
Alternatively, you can also use the "Angle Slider" in the Crop and Straighten tool panel to adjust the angle of the crop.
To commit the crop simply hit the "enter" key or the "R" key on your keyboard or click the “Done” button in the toolbar.
Keep in mind the crop is not permanent and can be redone as many times as you want and your original in-camera crop will always be available by tapping "Reset" at the bottom of the Crop Panel.
Once you're done cropping, you can export the image by selecting File and then clicking on Export.
When you export the photo to a JPEG, the changes including the crop, will be applied to the new JPEG that is created.
Now that you know the basics of cropping and straightening in Lightroom, let’s look at some additional options the Lightroom crop tool offers:
Mastering the crop tool in Lightroom can greatly enhance your photos and take your editing skills to the next level. By following these step-by-step instructions you should now be able to refine your images with a well-placed crop quickly and easily.
If you are more of a visual learner, watch our video tutorial below to see the Lightroom Crop Tool in action!
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Hi!! I am Gayle. I am a wife to my handsome husband and mom to 4 beautiful kids. In my spare time, I am a photographer and blogger at Mom and Camera. I have a passion for sharing my love of photography with others. I teach local photography classes and regularly share photography tips and tricks on my blog. I hang out there a lot—I’d love you to stop by and visit!