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cover225x225Note: This post is from our book Develop Great Images in Lightroom (available on iBookstore Scribd).

While cropping presets are great, they might not get the job done.  It’s impossible for the Lightroom team to predict every need for every project (particularly with the rise in multimedia formats and web-connected devices).  Additionally, you may choose to crop to a particular size purely for aesthetic reasons.

Lightroom makes custom cropping easy.  You just need to decide if you need to crop to a specific custom size or prefer to take a more free-handed approach.

Step 1: Select an image for cropping

Step 2: Choose the Crop Overlay tool by pressing the R key. An outline appears around the image with adjustment handles to modify the crop.

Step 3: You now have two choices.

  • cropClick to unlock the closed padlock.  This means that the crop tool is  means the…

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