Lightroom 5 Crop Tool Overlay with Guest Blogger Courtney Slazinik
The new Lightroom 5 has a unique feature that will help you crop your image for print. When you take a photo in your camera the ratio is 2:3 which prints a 4×6 photo. However, if you are wanting to print an 8×10 or 4:5 ratio then parts of your image may be cut off. This is where the cool Crop Tool Overlay feature comes in handy.
First click on your crop icon. You can cycle through the overlays by clicking “O” as a short cut. You will see the Rule of Thirds and other cropping overlays. The new ‘Aspect Ratio’ is where you can see what your image will look like when printed at different ratios. The overlay shows you the 4:5 ratio, 5:7 ratio, and 2:3 ratio. As you can see in this image if I print it as a 2:3 ratio nothing gets cut off. However, if I print it at a 4:5 ratio like an 8×10 then hands and feet get cut off and something I don’t want to happen. You can either make your crop larger to fit an 8×10 or know that their particular photo is not a good fit for an 8×10.
In order to get this overlay to show up in the cycle on your crop tool make sure you are in the Develop Module. Click on ‘Tools’ at the top. Choose ‘Crop Guide Overlay’ and then ‘Overlays to Cycle’. Here a window pops up and you can click which overlay you want to show up in your cycle. Make sure to click ‘Aspect Ratio’ if you want to see the ratio feature.
Thanks to guest blogger Courtney Slazinik for contributing this Lightroom Lightbulb. Be sure to visit her site at Click it Up a Notch…it is a great blog for learning photography!