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Sun, Nov 24, 2019 8:59 PM

Lightroom Classic: A Quick Crop tool in the Lightroom Library

The "Quick Develop" tab in the Lightroom "Library" module has a lot of useful tools to quickly edit some basics when selecting photos from a shooting. The only tool I really miss there is a CROP tool, I always have to switch to the Develop module now to do a quick crop and switch back to the Library to continue my selection.

So for the developers it's a small thing to add, since the code is already there. Just copy it to the Library module and add a button. Hope I'm not the only one who misses it over there?

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2 y ago

Use the File Strip at the bottom of the screen in the Develop module.

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2 y ago

The Quick Develop panel is mainly meant for two things:

A: quickly adjust a bunch of images, and
B: make relative adjustments rather than the absolute adjustments that you make in the develop module.

The crop tool cannot be used for either and so it would be out of place there. And why have the crop tool in there and not the spot removal tool, for example? Learn the keyboard shortcuts by heart, and you'll find that there is hardly a difference: Press 'R' to switch to crop, and when you are ready press 'E' to go back to Loupe View or 'G' to go back to the grid. That's almost as fast as having the crop tool in the Quick Develop panel.

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From Grid View or Loupe View-
[R] will open the Crop Tool,
[E] will return you to the Loupe View, or [G] would return you to Grid View.

So two key presses are all that is needed! Could it be any easier?

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2 y ago

Thanks for your replies, I know and use the shortcuts for a long time, it is more a speed/performance issue. The Library module works/navigates very fast while the Develop module doesn't. I have a Intel i7 CPU with 32Gb RAM and a 6Gb nvidea GPU. It's only the Lightroom developer module that runs slow on my computer. Cropping for me is really a basic adjustment associated with making quick selections, something I like to do in the Library module. With the continuous module switching I loose 5s a photo a sometimes also my patience.

But it seems I'm the only one who has that problem, so never mind, I posted this question to probe this.


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As above if you think the Library module works faster then 2 keystrokes get you to the Crop tool and then back to the library module.
You don't even have to acknowledge the Crop by double clicking on the image or clicking the Done button. Just Crop then hit the E (lower case) key and the crop is as you set it.
IMHO that is a GREAT TIP. Never knew you could do that and I've been using LR since version one.

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Exactly. Using R and E (or G) does exactly what you want: crop and then go back to the Library module for faster navigation.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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If you are only interested in applying a "centered crop" there is the option in Quick Develop:

It is hidden in the "Saved Preset" section - click the disclosure triangle then you will see "Crop Ratio" and "Treatment"  options

Then you can apply a centered 1x1 or 5x7 etc. crop to one or many photos without entering Crop/Develop mode depending on number of photos selected.

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I must admit Johan & Robert, I used the R shortcut and I knew the F&G shortcuts existed, but I never used them in a "routine" way like you proposed to do.
After getting used to this it makes the process faster. So thank you guys a lot for making me aware of this.

Still I think it would be a little faster if this function was integrated in the Library core, but for now, I can get away with the shortcuts.

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And exactly how would having any native Crop feature in the Library module be faster than pressing the R key, Do the Crop, then pressing either the E (Single image filling the screen) or G (Grid View shown) keys?
You would still need to Call up the Crop feature with either a keyboard shortcut or move the mouse to whatever Crop Tool icon was there. Then do the crop and then OK that crop, Double clicking on the image or clicking a done button or pressing a key on the keyboard.
I don't see how that would be any faster them the method already described. In fact IMHO it would be slower. Because with the method mentioned to accept the crop all you have to do is press E or G and the crop is accepted and you are back in the Library module.

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The point is that you cannot compare the speed if hitting R, making a crop and then hitting E with the speed of an imaginary Quick Develop Crop Tool, because the latter doesn’t exist. You can make a guess, however. The Quick Develop Crop Tool would need to be activated, by hitting a shortcut key or clicking some button. Next you would make the crop, and then you would need to click some ‘Apply’ button or hit another key (probably the Enter key). That is exactly the same number of clicks/keys. Could this be faster because you do not switch between modules? Perhaps. Would it be so much faster that it would be worth the required developer time? Time that cannot be spent on some other new feature or improvement? No, definitely not.