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Crop Tool Set Default to Original Ratio

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Hi

Every time I load in a new picture to edit it I go to the crop tool. About 95% of the time I want to crop in the same ratio that I took the photo in. I have to think that most people are doing the best they can to frame there photos the way they want them to be. Also there is no use working in free mode as default because it does not relate to printing. It only makes sense to me that the default operation of the crop tool should be set to the ratio that the document is when loaded. 

Having this even as a little check box somewhere as "Default Ratio as Document" in the settings or something would be amazing. 

Anyone else feel the same way?

All the best

 

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If you're composing in camera, and especially if you want to keep the same ratio, why do you need to crop at all. Can't you simply resize (Document > Resize Document...) to the desired size before export, or specify the new size during File > Export?


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Yea this is one major reason I haven't jumped onto the affinity wagon just yet.. Tools, colors,  resetting their values when opening new files is ridiculous. I also work on numerous files that need the same unique settings that I predetermined on the first file. It's a loss of time re-establishing the same settings over and over again. 

We've already gotten all the best tools and functionality we can possibly think of, now it's about which company can give the fastest, easiest smartest way to help us do our job. Sadly it's still  greedy ADOBE. ;(

Whoever does it right will get a billion users jumping the Adobe ship. 

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23 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

If you're composing in camera, and especially if you want to keep the same ratio, why do you need to crop at all. Can't you simply resize (Document > Resize Document...) to the desired size before export, or specify the new size during File > Export?

Totally get what your saying. I usually shoot a little wide so I can fine tune in the comfort of my home. When I'm out shooting my conditions are often not at a comfortable so I leave that room for myself. Either that or I was shooting with a prime and was unable to get where I wanted, fence, cliff lake or so on. Also vintage lenses are a factor. 

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12 hours ago, GabrielM said:

Hi both, 

Why not use the "original ratio" preset?

I do every single time I have to crop. Having to select it every single time by default as opposed to Photo starting with a constrained ratio is so annoying. Free form cropping is VERY rarely useful in photography in my experience. 

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12 minutes ago, Sugar Lion said:

Free form cropping is VERY rarely useful in photography in my experience. 

My knee jerk reaction was that that is wrong, but hey you know what? You are correct. I will use it occasionally, most often with panoramas, but most time it is a preset of a print size or the original ratio (for your aforementioned reasons).


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I made an account just to add to this thread. I have a recurring task that implies cropping images from different sources to 1:1 ratio. I have to select 1:1 from the dropdown, then check darken border, then finally crop. Do this 20-30 times in a row and you'll see the issue.

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I too face the same issue, it's a bit annoying. First time if I set to original ratio its fine, but if i change my mind to crop again i have to go back to step to 1 setting Orginal ratio from the dropdown. Worst case scenario I forgot to set the crop in orgianl ratio , all photos end up with different ratios

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Additionally , please make it so holding down shift will keep proportions. All your other tools work this why (though opposite), so it feels odd that the crop tool does not work in the same way. Or perhaps default to keeping proportions, and then holding down shift allows you to freely change the cropping (so it behaves like the transform tool or marquee tool)

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29 minutes ago, morten a said:

Additionally , please make it so holding down shift will keep proportions. All your other tools work this why (though opposite), so it feels odd that the crop tool does not work in the same way. Or perhaps default to keeping proportions, and then holding down shift allows you to freely change the cropping (so it behaves like the transform tool or marquee tool)

The Crop tool will keep its proportions if you use one of the Original Ratio, or Custom Ratio, or Resample modes. When you use Unconstrained there isn't a proportion to keep.

By the way, for the other tools: How Shift works depends on the kind of object(s) you have selected, and the Preference you have chosen under Tools for "Move Tool Aspect Constrain"

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