Crop to Same Size – Capture One Quick Tip

Sometimes, if you want to create postcards from your photos, or just prefer square format, you need to crop multiple images to the same size or aspect ratio. You can crop all of your photos one-by-one, but now I’m going to show you a more quicker and efficient way to do this.

Step One

We are in Multi View, the four squares are selected over the View area. First of all, you need to select the aspect ratio that you want to crop all your images to. Switch to the Composition tool tab by clicking on the two facing right angles icon over the tool area. Select the aspect ratio you want to use, from the Ratio dropdown. Now, I have selected 1:1, because I’d like to create square images.

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Step Two

We’ve already selected all the green labeled photos in the Browser area, but in the View area we have only one image selected, the one, we are working on, right know. Now, we are going to apply this ratio to the first, selected image in the View area. Click on the three dots icon in the header of the Crop tool, and select Apply Ratio from the appearing menu.

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Step Three

Double check, all the images you want to crop are selected in the Browser area and click on the two headed arrow in the titlebar of the Crop tool and click Apply on the appearing dialog.

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Step Four

I’m pretty sure not all the crop fit, but you can correct it quickly, just click inside any crop and move it to its right place, like I did with the second photo in the second row. If you just want to preserve the aspect ratio not the size of the crop, you can resize them by dragging the corners or, if you wish, you can draw another crop too.

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Crop for HD

The printing days are over, we need to present our images mostly on electronic devices. Now, I’m gonna show you how to prepare your photos for presenting them on a TV set individually or as a part of a slideshow.

Step One

The original aspect ratio of a photo is traditionally mostly 2:3 but and HDTV set has a different 9:16 ratio, so if you want seamless presentation you need to crop your photos to fit to the wide screen. First we need to go to Composition tool tab and select the Add Aspect Ratio from Ratio drop down under Crop. (Alternatively you can click and hold on the crop tool over the view area and select the same menu item.) Type a name like HDTV into the first input box and set the Ratio to 16:9 in the appearing dialog box and then click OK.

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Step Two

Now, you only need to select the newly added aspect ratio and make a crop as you usually do and you get an image that properly fit into TV. I know it’s evident but I want to add here: only landscape images will fit on your TV unless your want to turn your TV during the presentation. That’s why we record videos only in landscape orientation too.

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Crop – Capture One Quick Tip

Using the crop tool, you might realized, there is a crop overlay guide based on rule of thirds, what is cool, but can we change this to another one? Sure! And you’ll also get a tip for better crop experience.

Step One

Go to Edit > Preferences menu on a PC or Capture One > Preferences on a Mac and click on the seventh tab called Crop. Here you can find the settings of the crop tool and set the grid type whatever you need. Here I set to Golden ratio.

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Step Two

Close the Preferences panel and drag a selection on your image, and you’ll see the chosen crop overlay over your image.

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Step Three

You might better decide your new composition when the cropped region completely disappearing, not just faded, like in the previous screenshot. If you want to try it, go back to the Preferences and set the opacity to 255 and the Brightness to 24 under Mask session.

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