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How should I make the first crop on a photo?.

After making other adjustments etc. I now want to keep the photo at a 3:2 proportion. At a later date I may need a 6 x 4 inch copy at 72 dpi for the web or may need a 6 x 4 feet copy at 300 dpi to print..

So how should I first crop my photo to allow a variety of future uses?.

Thanks...

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Gashead wrote:.

How should I make the first crop on a photo?.

After making other adjustments etc. I now want to keep the photo at a3:2 proportion. At a later date I may need a 6 x 4 inch copy at 72dpi for the web or may need a 6 x 4 feet copy at 300 dpi to print..

So how should I first crop my photo to allow a variety of future uses?.

Thanks..

You don't..

It isn't clear exactly what your doing in your post processing but it sounds like your saving over your original. Never replace the original shot with an edited version. After editing save that version in a different folder as either a tiff or dng or other lossless format. If your working in a non-destructive editor like Lightroom then do nothing (saves not required, it's a feature most people don't underestand)..

Crop is one of the last things to do before printing and then you crop to that paper format and print. But don't save over the edited version, just leave it alone. Or if you must save it then save it to a folder specific for that paper format..

Then the next time you want to print the picture just crop to the new paper format and print.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #1

No, I'm working on a copy..

But I understand from your point that I should complete all my processing, then crop or rezize every time I need a version for differing reasons such as web or print..

Thanks for the reply...

Comment #2

Start with the most area available. Because how you crop, and what appears pleasing varies with the intended purpose..

While I do save heavily edited pictures (in a seperate folder) just because I don't want to do all that work again. I never save a crop. It's just to easy to do it again. Also when I come back to a picture, sometimes months later, I often feel different about it and crop it differently.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #3

Do you have post processing software?.

What kind?.

More often than not, I use Save as to create a PSD copy of the original image..

I then edit this copy for color, retouching, etc. but make no cropping or sizing changes..

Then I save this version..

I thin copy this version with an identifier in the file name indicating what the copy will be used for. Typically, this file migh be named Lancaster 8x10_9875, with the 9875 being the original file name..

I thin set up the cropping tool in Photoshop Elements to 8x10 and 300 ppi, and crop the shot, and then I sharpen it..

I go back to the PSD first edition, open it, and use Save for Web, create this web version, go to resize, and size it in pixels, not inches, and sharpen it..

BAK..

Comment #4

I use PS Elements 4..

Probably best I type my workflow when I'm at home later and then anyone can add comments..

Thx again...

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