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Using Cropping Overlays in Lightroom

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cover225x225Note: This post is from our book Develop Great Images in Lightroom (available on iBookstore Scribd).

Lightroom offers several different overlays to help with composing your crop.  There is no right way to crop, after all the goals can be the removal of distractions, the changing of emotion, or technical requirement.  But overlays are designed to help with all of these.

Available Ratios

  • Grid: The grid overlay works quite well for architectural images.  The horizontal and vertical lines can help with edges as well as straightening an image.  This option will pop-up whenever you rotate an image as well.
  • Thirds: The Rule of Thirds grid is commonly used to compose balance.  Most commonly, a subject is placed at one of the intersection points of the grid.
    Thirds
  • Diagonal: The Diagonal overlay creates a series of 45˚ diagonal lines from the four corners.  This intersection is useful working with…

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