Lightroom: Better support for managing different aspect ratios

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Frequently I have to export photos with different aspect ratios (3:2, 16:9, 17:9, 21:9, 1:1, etc.). Managing these different aspect ratios in Lightroom is nasty: Create a virtual copy, assign to a collection, all manual. In case I need to change something I need to either apply the change manually to all virtual copies or delete copies and create again.

It would be very helpful if Lightroom would better support manging different aspect ratios. This should include batch export of some or all aspect ratio variants.
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Steve Gandy

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Crops are really image specific though, aren' they? But if you wanted to apply a certain ratio to a group of images why not make a Develop Presets with the crop ratio selected? It would apply the crop to the center of the images.
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Yes, cropping is specific to a photo and you'll definitely have to do it on your own. However, when different aspect ratios are needed one will also need (more or less) different croppings. Lightroom could better help in managing sets of croppings for different aspect ratios for a single image.

Applying a preset does not help at all because it would just set one single specific aspect ratio and crop mask. You'll then have to take a virtual copy again, apply a different preset...

By the way, introducing a tag that allows selecting by specific source or target aspect ratios make sense, too.
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Stephen you don't have to delete one Virtual Copy to create another. You can have as many VCs as you like. 2-5-10-100 all of the same image and all having different crops.
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Yes, I know and virtual copies are great if you just want to have different variants of your image. But assume that you have some virtual copies just for different croppings to different aspect ratios and you need to change contrast, vibrance, whatever. Then you either have to apply it manually to all of your virtual copies. Or you need to delete and re-create them because it might be less work.

Kind of "Smart Copy" that constantly inherits all properties from the master image unless changed would help...
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I have written elsewhere on the forums about how various bugs that occur in lightroom happen because adobe might be trying to do too much , trying to please everyone with a particular beef that they want lightroom to do this that or the other , and the whole thing becomes algorithmically increasingly complex and prone to giving at the seams. However there is one thing i do wish lightroom could do - there are various aspect ratios built in to choose from - why cant these be searchable for in the metadata , rather than merely landscape, portrait or square ?
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"This should include batch export of some or all aspect ratio variants."

The Any Crop plugin will do a batch crop of multiple crop ratios, creating a virtual copy for each chosen ratio and each selected photo. 
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"why cant these be searchable for in the metadata , rather than merely landscape, portrait or square ?"

The Data Explorer and Any Filter plugins can search by specific aspect ratio.  Not as convenient has having it built in to smart collections, but they get the job done.
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thanks - i've had a quick look but they all seem to do it by numbers, rather than sorting by eg 4x5 or 16x9 etc...
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and one more thing about aspect ratios - why no option of a circular crop ?