Lightroom - setting multiple crops for multiple display devices

Started Jul 13, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP Reverb Regular Member • Posts: 264
Re: Lightroom - setting multiple crops for multiple display devices

This is extremely helpful. Thank you. I wasn't aware that the virtual copy didn't take up additional disk space. So after postprocessing all of my photos I will create virtual copies of them with varying crop ratios. That will do the trick!

Thank you!

C Wills wrote:

Crops in LR are just crop overlays and you can readjust them or reset them at any time. It will not affect your original image.

LR also has a nice feature called Virtual Copies. Virtual Copies allow you to have multiple copies of the same image, so that you can apply different crops or processing techniques without affecting your current crop or processing. And since they are Virtual, they do not take up any disk space! They can be exported just like any other file (at that point the exported copy is an actual file).

Select a photo, right click and choose Virtual Copy (Ctrl ' [apostrophe]). Now apply whatever crop you want differently.

Additional tips:

In Library Module (G on keyboard for 'Grid'), select all the photos you want and create the VC's. Then you can use the Filter to show only the VC's and get the other images temporarily out of the way. (If the filter is not already showing at top, press \ [backslash key] to toggle it on and off. On the Filter bar, click on 'Attributes' and over to the far right click on the icon that shows like the edge of paper turned up.

  • Now, go into Develop Module and select your first image and the Crop tool. Choose Custom Crop from the drop down menu. 1920x1080 is an aspect ratio of 16x9, so enter that 16x9. (Now 16x9 will show as a preset in the drop down menu to use in the future).

  • Crop your first image. With the crop tool still active , select your next image from the filmstrip at the bottom (this will keep you from having to reselect the crop tool every time you move to the next image).

  • But, on the next image, the crop tool will still default to the full original image size or to any crop size that had previously been applied to that particular image. So, you will have to select the 16x9 from the list each time.

  • If you have alot of images that you are wanting to crop to this 16x9, and you don't want to have to keep selecting 16x9 from the drop down menu. Here is another option: Crop your first image to 16x9 ratio. Then select all the rest of the images and click the Sync button. In the dialog box that pops up, Unselect everything except the Crop check box. Click ok. This, of course, will not be the ideal crop you want for each image. But, now, each time you select the next image (as you did above), it will already have a 16x9 axpect ratio in place as a starting point and you can then just readjust it however you want to suite that particular image.

Once you have your VC's just the way you want them for your PlayStation output. Select them all, right click, and choose Export. Where it says Size, enter 1920 x1080 pixels. Select jpeg, srgb and any other settings you want. Then, save this as a Preset with a name like "Playstation Output". In the future, you can right click> Export and simply choose this Preset from the list and it will automatically export using your saved settings for this preset.

Once you have output the images, you can decide if there is a reason you want to keep this set of VC's or not. They don't take up any disk space, but if all you have done is cropped them differently for this particular output, and they have already served their purpose, you may want to delete them. Just select them, press Delete and choose Remove from Catalog. (Then, don't forget to turn the Filter back off).

Hope that helps.

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