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No matter how adept you are at photography or how much time you take to compose your photos in-camera, sometimes it becomes essential to crop some photos of yours. The reasons to do this could be many. You might want a different kind of look for your image when seeing it on a bigger screen, or you may just need to crop a photo to post it on a social media platform like Instagram. Having unwanted objects in your images is another big reason to crop them, which may happen if you took the photo without having the time to properly compose it.
Cropping an image is possibly the easiest thing one can do with any number of photo editors, but there are some important aspects that one should know of before going ahead and cutting out parts of their photos.
Be mindful of the aspect ratio that your final image will have. It is better to crop your images in one of the standard aspect ratios so that they look natural even after being cropped. This not only depends on the resolution of your image but also on what you are trying to show in the photo. Some photos look better in a square composition, others look better in a widescreen view.
Do not crop more than your image’s resolution allows. A camera’s megapixel number is not a definitive testament to its image quality, but it does tell you how much you can crop into your photos without turning them into a mushy mess.
Apple’s MacBook laptops are by far some of the most preferred ones when it comes to photographers. Their stability and large number of impressive photo editing apps makes them a great choice for enthusiast and professional photographers alike. If you also use a MacBook or MacBook Pro for your image editing needs, here’s how you can easily crop your images the way you want:
First and foremost, Apple’s own applications come to mind when talking about image cropping on a MacBook. Simply open your image in Preview, make a selection on your image and navigate to Tools - Crop. Your image will be cropped instantly, keeping the areas you selected in the previous step and removing all else.
Apple’s new Photos app is also a pretty impressive image editor. Other than boasting RAW editing capabilities and features like color correction, it also can crop your images. It allows you to straighten your images as well while cropping the extra portions automatically. You can also manually crop and straighten your images if you so wish.
You can crop your images in Adobe’s Photoshop if you want a little more control over the result. Cropping an image is simple; all you have to do is make your selection after clicking on the Crop Tool and press Enter. You can type in a custom aspect ratio, change the grid that overlays on the selection, and alter the image resolution after cropping as well.
While Photoshop does give you full control over your images while cropping, it’s safe to say that using such a heavy program might be overkill if all you need to do is quickly crop your image. For the best balance between ease of use and professional-level options, use Luminar by Skylum. It gives you easy tools for cropping your photos, along with multiple aspect ratios. You can also straighten your photos while cropping and manually enter whatever aspect ratio you wish to use.
There are many scenarios in which you might want to crop your images, and there are many software programs you can use on your MacBook Pro to do so. Just remember that, unless required for creative purposes, a cropped image that looks ‘cropped’ doesn’t always give the best results. Keep in mind the importance of the aspect ratio you images are being cropped at and the overall composition of your resulting images, and you’ll be good to go.