It is especially helpful when it comes to printing and framing your work. Following our steps here takes your image from any size into the exact ratio you need for any purpose.
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What Are Ratios?
A ratio is the relationship of the measurements of a particular object. For us, it is the Height and Width of our photographs.
Every image has these two attributes. You can decide what these numbers are, wither when you capture the shot, or during post-production editing.
These numbers are significant, in a few ways. Firstly, it comes down to the style of print you want ot create. A Panoramic image, for example, is supposed to be much wider than it is high.
Secondly, it is especially important when it comes to framing your print. You might have the frame and want ot fit an image to it.
What makes it confusing is that many framing companies use a different ratio guide than camera manufacturers do.
We suggest sticking with the preselected image and ratio size in-camera. That way you get the biggest, high-quality image possible. Then, find the frame to fit it. It is easy to have a frame made for a specific size. It isn’t necessarily cheap, however.
The ratios can be used for both landscape and portrait orientated images, and are designed to focus on the interesting elements in your scene.
Find out below where and why you should use each one.
How to Change Aspect Ratio in Lightroom
Lightroom excels in many areas, including organization and non-destructive editing. Another thing it does really well is changing the aspect ratio of the images you take.
Changing it in this editing program is the easiest way. Adobe Photoshop makes it a little more complicated, even though you can use it for the same outcome.
First, open the image you want to change the aspect ratio of. Head over to the Develop module.
Next, you need to click on the Crop tool, which looks like a square made from ‘marching ants’.
Inside the drop-down area, you’ll see Aspect and Angle. We will be using the Aspect section.
Clicking on the two arrows next to ‘Original’ will drop down a menu. This allows you to change the aspect ratio of your image with some common, preset ratios.
Original is the aspect ratio that the image was imported in at.
As Shot is the aspect ratio you captured the image at.
Custom allows you to drag and drop to change the ratio of the scene.
Personally, I feel this image would look better with an aspect ratio of 16:9. By clicking on the preset ratio of 16:9 will create a grid over your image, showing you a preview of the new ratio.
You are free to move this grid around the image to select the best composition. You can even click and drag on the blocks to extend or shrink the aspect ratio.
Once you are happy with your selection, click on Done.
This is the final image. It started out as 3:2, and finished with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Creating a Custom Aspect Ratio in Lightroom
To make a custom aspect ratio for your image, open the image as you would normally. Go to the Develop module and click on the Crop button like we did the first time.
In the drop-down menu, select Enter Custom…
An Enter Custom Aspect Ratio box will open allowing you to enter in the new aspect ratio. You can enter values of up to three decimal places.
Once you have found the aspect ratio you are looking for, click on Done.
Check out our post on how to choose the best aspect ratio for landscape photography next!