How To Create Cropping Presets in Lightroom

Here’s one from the vault — One of my readers, Stephanie Bunhc, asked “Can you create presets for cropping?” The answer is: “…you sure can!” Here’s how:


STEP ONE: Open an image, and then click on the Crop Tool (BTW: one of my all-time favorite keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom is just to press the letter ‘r’ which jumps you directly to the Develop Module [no matter where you’re at] and activates the Crop tool]). Now, to the left of the lock icon; click and hold where it says “As Shot” and a pop-up menu will appear with a list of preset cropping sizes that come with Lightroom. To create your own, choose “Enter Custom” from the bottom of the menu (as shown here).


STEP TWO: That brings up the “Enter Custom Aspect Ratio” dialog box; just enter the aspect ratio you want (as shown here) and click OK. In this case, I put in 2.39 which gives you a cinematic-style wide screen crop.


STEP THREE: Now, that cropping preset you just created will appear in the pop-down menu, at the bottom of menu below Enter Custom (as seen here). There ya go, Stephanie. 🙂

Above: The “cinematic style” cropped image

Hope ya’ll found that helpful. Let’s have a great week everybody. Stay safe, be good to everybody; love your neighbor, and I wish you all good health.




  1. Dallas 2 June, 2021 at 01:43 Reply

    How do I include my custom crop preset as a preset action in the develop module? It isn’t included in the list of settings you can use to make a preset.

    • Rob Sylvan 2 June, 2021 at 09:37 Reply

      You are correct. It isn’t possible to include a crop in a preset stored in the Presets panel. You can sync a crop (or use Auto Sync), but not include in a preset.

  2. Jeff Levine 30 June, 2020 at 20:58 Reply

    One handy crop trick I use is to hit the ‘x’ key twice which automatically gives me a 1.5 dx crop on my fx file.

  3. ted weinstein 30 June, 2020 at 10:31 Reply

    There used to be the “X” (I think it was) keystroke – which just cropped an image in Develop module to whatever was the previously used crop – conceptually like “Export with previous.” Scott, could you please push Adobe on this. It’s a HUGE time waster not to have at least this most basic of functionality RESTORED to Lightroom.

  4. ted weinstein 29 June, 2020 at 12:42 Reply

    Several generations ago, Lightroom used to have a one-key shortcut to apply the previously used crop to a new image. Now, it is a pain in the rear end to have to go back to that crop box and use the mouse to select 1×1 or whatever. Is there a keystroke shortcut to apply a particular crop to an image?

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