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If I take a picture in portrait, how can I crop it to a landscape in Lightroom?

I have tried changing the aspect from say 2x3 to 3x2 but it immediately switches back again.

It's sometimes the case that I need to do this but have never figured it out.

It would also be good to crop a landscape from an already cropped portrait, as I often crop a portrait before clients ask for a landscape version. This means they're obviously asking for a crop of the image I see but if I go into change it to a landscape (if I knew how) then it would be hard to re-align everything again.

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Press the X key when in the crop tool - this alternates between landscape and portrait orientation.

If you want to discard the cropped part of an image then you would need to either export it once cropped and re-import the cropped version, or use a destructive crop like the one in Photoshop which doesn't retain the entire image after you crop.

  • OK I will try that. Do you also know how to crop an already cropped area? I suppose the way I picture it working is to discard the outside-cropped area somehow before cropping again. – connersz Sep 3 '15 at 8:13
  • If you want to discard the cropped part of an image then you would need to either export it once cropped and re-import the cropped version, or use a destructive crop like the one in Photoshop which doesn't retain the entire image after you crop. – NickM Sep 3 '15 at 8:20
  • The photoshop idea may be a good option. If I edit the image in PS from LR and crop it there then in theory the discarded area won't save into LR. Something for me to try later! – connersz Sep 3 '15 at 8:29
  • @connersz I've added my comment as part of the answer to make it more complete. – NickM Sep 3 '15 at 15:25
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If I take a picture in portrait, how can I crop it to a landscape in Lightroom?

To change orientation from portrait to landscape (or the other way around) I just drag the corner handle to change the orientation of the crop. The crop box will change size a bit and then suddenly snap into the other orientation. Be sure to use the resize cursor and not the rotate cursor when doing this.

It would also be good to crop a landscape from an already cropped portrait, as I often crop a portrait before clients ask for a landscape version. This means they're obviously asking for a crop of the image I see but if I go into change it to a landscape (if I knew how) then it would be hard to re-align everything again.

Create a Virtual Copy, and then recrop. The original can stay cropped in the portrait orientation and the Virtual Copy can be cropped to landscape orientation.

  • I have tried your first point and it didn't work, it just went back to the original orientation. If you create a virtual copy that also brings across the uncropped area so that wouldn't solve this issue. – connersz Sep 3 '15 at 12:42
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    Dragging definitely works to change orientation; perhaps you didn't drag far enough. Yes, the virtual copy brings along the uncropped area but you can create an entirely different crop without destorying the previous one, which I thought was the point. – Dan Wolfgang Sep 3 '15 at 13:24
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    When dragging to crop don't use the rotate cursor, but the resize cursor. – Dan Wolfgang Sep 3 '15 at 13:26

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