Batch Cropping Tip

I’ve often been asked if there was a way to set a default crop ratio, so that every time you brought a photo into the Crop tool it would automatically be cropped to that aspect ratio. Unfortunately there isn’t a way to do that, but here’s the next best thing.

Let’s say we need to crop a batch of photos (however many you want) to 5 x 7 (or any aspect ratio you desire). Start in the Library module by selecting the source (folder or collection) containing all of the photos. Next, press G for grid view, and select all the photos you want to crop.

Next, expand the Quick Develop panel.

If needed, click the disclosure triangle next to Saved Preset to see the other options hidden there.

Now, click the Crop Ratio drop-down menu and choose the desired aspect ratio. In my case, I chose 5 x 7.

As soon as the new aspect ratio is clicked, all selected photos are cropped to that ratio. The thumbnails will start to update accordingly.

To finesse the crop on each photo, select the first photo in the batch and press the R key to jump to the Crop tool. Upon arrival you’ll see that the photo is cropped to the desired aspect ratio and now you can just tweak the crop rectangle for best impact. You can then quickly move through the rest of the batch tweaking as needed. That’s a whole lot faster then setting the aspect ratio one at a time.

Author: Rob Sylvan

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, educator, and aspiring beekeeper. He is the author of many Lightroom and photography related books, eBooks, and videos, as well as a regular contributor to Photofocus. Rob also answers all of the Lightroom questions on the KelbyOne Help Desk. His latest book is designed to help you take control of your Lightroom library.

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  1. Hey Rob,

    Great tip! I’ve always used the sync in Develop to accomplish the same thing. I’ll get the first image like I like it then select other photos and use sync, and then make sure a check mark is in Crop section. Your tip looks like it might be quicker!

    Dennis

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  2. Nice tip, rob. Thank you!

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