Rotate image when cropping

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  • SFA

    Use the Rotate tool first?

    Or have the Rotate tool open and simply use that when also cropping.

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  • Simon Carlton

    But that is doing more operations when surely if when cropping you could rotate slightly to straighten can then be done in one,   as you can in PS and LR.  If you have hundreds of action images, i.e. football or rugby that need straightening, the less operations the better. :)

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  • Lily

    Hi Simon,

    Thank you for the post.

    You can use the Cursors to Crop and Rotate alternately.

    When you get back to cropping after rotating the crop area will remain the same as it was before you starting rotating.

    If needed, you can also checkmark the option "Crop outside image" in the Crop tool.

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  • Simon Carlton

    Sorry but I don't think you understand my point.

    I shoot mostly sport, football (soccer) and rugby and use the goal posts as vertical straightening points as grounds/pitches are not level. Sports action shooting does not offer you the time to level shots and take your time being precise.  I can take 400 -500 shots per game. I need something quick to straighten when editing.

    In LR and PS when I click on the crop tool, the grid overlay appears and I can go straight to the bottom right hand corner of an image, the rotate icon is there and I can rotate the potential crop using the grid on the goal posts to straighten the image before doing any cropping at all, done in a couple of seconds, done with just the one tool.  I can then see if a player has been partially cropped out, part of his body missing, the top of his head etc. I can then simply put the curser on the corner of the image and crop, job done.

    However, in Cap One, I cannot do that.  I have not got the time to 'faff' about with the rotation tool to level things or the straightening tool, it is all extra work and time.  If you are up against agency deadlines, every second counts getting images to the press.

    When I hit shortcut 'C' the grid overlay comes up but I then have actually crop the image by going to the bottom right hand clicking on the corner and moving the crop inwards, THEN the rotate icon appears and I can rotate the image.

    All I am suggesting is, when the crop tool is selected the rotate option is there when you go to a corner, prior to catually cropping.

    Thanks

    Simon. 

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  • SFA

    Another option.

    When using the crop tool it you place the cursor inside the crop area and hold down the CTRL key (Windows) you can rotate (with a grid to assist.)

    Note that the rotation may also constrain the crop in some situations. If the crop is totally constrained against the edges of the image at the current size rotation may not be possible. If so either resize the crop or change the setting to allow "Crop outside image" and reconsider the crop applied after rotation.

    I shoot sport quite often so I do understand the challenges of horizontals and verticals. I find C1 very flexible and intuitive BUT one may need to adapt one's thinking from previous practises.

    Careful use of Copy and paste can work quite well for a series of shots in some (many?) cases.

    You also have a Keyboard hot key for "Rotation"  - intended for fine rotation adjustment but might do the job for you.

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  • Simon Carlton

    That does it SFA, thanks.

    Minor pain having to hold the command key (mac) but it does immediately go into rotate mode which is what I need.

    Just seemed strange you couldn't rotate immediately and you had to 'crop' initially before you rotate/straighten using the same tool.   

    Would love to see what I want without having to use an extra key but hey! :)

     

    Thanks again.

     

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