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Improve crop tool efficiency

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  • Denis Huk
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  • john hardiman

    Updated, I hope this is the correct process now.

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  • Denis Huk
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    Thank you!

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  • Michele Di Fede

    I'd like to take John's request a bit further (beside all he mentioned).
    Please make the crop settings (selecting and creating ratios) accessible for scripting.
    At least selecting the created ratios should be possible.

    By selecting the crop tool it should also be possible to define a specific ratio without creating a new "aspect ratio preset".

     

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  • Denis Huk
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    Hi Michele Di Fede, thanks for your feedback, however please consider creating a separate new post asking for crop ratios to be added to scripting!

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  • Den Denyer

    Adding to this, given the title is "Improving crop tool efficiency" :

    In lightroom you have the following parameters exposed:

    • Scale
    • X Offset
    • Y Offset
    • Rotation

    Which allows you to control cropping via a control surface. Until I can control these via a control surface or quick-key, I can't escape Lightroom for event editing and I'd really, really like to. Oh man.

    Scale is essentially the "Zoom" of the current aspect ratio crop window, the rest should be obvious. With the scale set to 130% and thus manipulating the rotation and X/Y parameters, you can selectively crop without touching the mouse AND copy that crop between images because it's now parametised instead of being a per-image set of coordinates.

    Made a video illustrating this here: https://www.sozu.co.uk/files/c1cropping.mp4 

    Further a shortcut key for "Reset crop" and "Reset crop aspect to image original" would be useful, such that you can quickly return to an uncropped image. These parameters would of course be copyable between virtual copied allowing one image to have multiple artistic crops ready for export as required.

    I could make a new post. It would get one vote like the last one and be ignored in perpetuity. Feels better to pile on to "Make the crop tool better" and get everyone's votes in a single thread where it can't be overlooked IMO.

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  • john hardiman

    Thanks for the additions Den, good video too. I hadn't even thought of that scenario but it definitely helps point out the innefficiency of Capture One cropping.

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  • Den Denyer

    Efficiency really gets brought front and centre when you've got 2000 images to get through :'D

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  • john hardiman

    Yes and volume processing should be a key strength Capture One, repeat the same steps a thousand times the slow way and you sure know about it!

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  • Den Denyer

    I sit faced with another 3000 images to go through. I weep, because the demo of the latest version of C1 still doesn't implement anything like this, so I'm still a prisoner of Lightroom for such tasks :(

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  • Den Denyer

    I mean that's it, just there. That's what we need. Chuck speed edit controls on that and you're done!

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  • john hardiman

    Update: Thank you Capture One, the latest version of Capture One which allows keyboard shortcuts to be assigned to aspect ratio's has sped up my cropping.  I have assigned CTRL + number to each crop aspect ratio, so for example, CTRL+1 is square, CTRL+2 is 4:5 and so on until CTRL+9 as the most panoramic 1:3. I have also assigned the \ key to 'unconstrained' crop ratio.

    The only thing I find missing now is changing from landscape to portrait orientation, which is still an awkward pulling on the corners, please add possibility of a shortcut for that too (the equivalent of x in lightroom).

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