Single Click Crop? Lightroom

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OP Victor Engel Forum Pro • Posts: 18,784
Re: Single Click Crop? Lightroom

mclewis wrote:

Victor Engel wrote:

Suppose I'm following an airplane at an air show, for example. I'd like the center of mass of the airplane to be in the center of the crop. Currently, what I do is to drag the crop marquee to where I want it. It would be much faster if I could click on the point I wanted to be the center. Is there a way to do this?

Nope. How does LR know what the subject of the photo is? Maybe in the future you can give it examples and it will try and guess for other photos but for now it cannot know.

LR doesn't have to know what the subject is. It just has to know where I click. I click at a particular point on the image, and LR recenters to that point. Easy peasy. Maybe I'll write my own app to do this. It would be a big time saver if there are dozens or hundreds of pictures. First set the crop size in LR. Have LR save the XMP files. Then my app presents each picture one at a time. I click once on a picture, and the associated metadata are updated and the next photo is loaded. One click per image. All that needs updating is these tags in XMP:

crs:CropTop
crs:CropLeft
crs:CropBottom
crs:CropRight

Then back to LR to update photos from metadata. It would be better if I could do it all in LR.
Just to be clear, I just want to change the UI from:

Drag the crop rectangle
to:

Click on a point
Why is this better? It's faster, especially when LR blocks the main thread in the middle of the drag and the drag stops. The efficiency should change from several seconds per image to several images per second (well, maybe 2 images per second tops for me).

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