Friday Tip – Cool Cropping

Today I’ve got a great tip for you that, truth be told, isn’t really mine. Yep, I’m stealing tips these days. It’s a problem I’ve had that really dates back to my childhood years :) Now it’s back and I find myself stealing a tip from Daryl Naumann. Daryl (just trying to do a nice thing) wrote in on the feedback form on this site and said this:
“… (nice stuff about me)… When using the crop tool to resize, it does dim the part of the photo that is going to be cropped out, but sometimes it’s not really enough to see the true effect of cropping at that edge. Hitting the L key at this point to go into Lights Out mode darkens it right down though, allowing you to still move the crop box around to see exactly what the photo will look like when cropped. I’ve found it to be a great help… (more nice stuff).”
Daryl… I agree 100%. That tip rocks! It makes cropping so much better. Have a great weekend everyone. I’ll be attending my weekly TSA meeting tomorrow (no, not the Transportation Safety Authority – it stands for Tip Stealing Anonymous).

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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