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Seven Tips That Will Help You Crop Photos Perfectly Every Time

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Seven Tips That Will Help You Crop Photos Perfectly Every Time

Cropping is one of the most used photo editing techniques. If used properly, it will make a photo look considerably better. You can also take advantage of it to change the look of your photo.

Because cropping is done so often, it’s important to understand the best cropping techniques. This article will let you know what you should be looking out for in the editing process. 

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a theory that divides the picture into nine squares divided by three evenly spaced vertical lines and three evenly spaced horizontal lines. The subject or subjects in your photo should fall at the intersections. Some cameras and editing programs have rule of third lines that are visible in the viewfinder, but you can also visualize them yourself once you get used to the concept. 

If your photo doesn’t follow the rule of thirds, you can crop it so your subject falls on the intersecting points. It will make the photo look a lot better. 

Remove Background Distractions

The background of your photos plays a large role in the image’s aesthetic. Typically, you will want to find a background that complements your subject and does not include any distractions. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. 

However, there is a way to get rid of distractions and that’s to crop them out. Once they are gone, you will be better able to focus on your subject. 

Avoid Amputations

Cropping is a useful tool, but too much cropping can work against you. For example, you will never want to crop out someone’s foot, arm, finger chin and so on. 

Be aware of possible amputations when taking your picture. So if you’re taking a picture of a person, you may want to purposely include some extra background. This will ensure that you are able to crop without any accidental amputations. 

Straightening

Straightening often goes hand in hand with cropping. You can straighten or unstraighten an image to make it look more appealing. After making a straightening adjustment, you will often find that cropping is necessary.  

Pay Attention to Diagonals

The rule of thirds will place images at the sides of photos, but a diagonal has more of asymmetrical effect. It focuses on intersecting lines that may run through the center of the photo. It can easily be brought out during the cropping process. 

Golden Spiral

The golden spiral creates somewhat of a rounded view for your photo. It is represented by a tight coil that starts in one corner of the photo and ends up off-center at the other. Try copping so that the spiral line passes through the subjects and leads the viewer’s eye around the image. It will work to draw attention to your photo. 

Triangle

The triangle is similar to the diagonal, but it doesn’t rely as much on symmetry. It involves creating a series of triangles across the image and positioning the subject in one of the triangles. It changes the focal point of the image and is best suited for photos that tell a story or depict action. 

Many of the cropping techniques listed above can be achieved with the assistance of your software program settings. 

Cropping is a good way to get your photos looking their best. Now that you know the recommended techniques, you can take your editing to the next level. Good luck ending up with images that stun and amaze. 

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