LIGHTROOM: Cropping for various aspect ratios

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Much needed feature request!!!

Due to the still non-standard aspect ratios of finished images, I often find myself cropping a photo to original (4x6) aspect ratio, but knowing a customer may want to order an 8x10. So if I do a full-length bridal portrait and want to fill the image with the bride, I know if they order an 8x10 and crop it, the bride will be missing her $300 Manolo Blahnik shoes from the picture, and that's just not acceptable.

It therefore becomes guesswork as to where to crop so I can get all aspect ratios into the crop that I want.

It would be wonderful if when I create different aspect ratios in Lightroom Crop Tool, that I could click to have those aspect ratios show in the cropping grid when I am cropping a photo... basically I'm cropping the original 4x5 with the white cropping line, but I have a red boundary box showing the 8x10 area and a blue boundary box showing the 5x7 (or whatever I choose) so I can see roughly where I stand on those aspect ratios... even if the secondary aspect ratio boundary boxes were centered in the primary, I could still get a better idea of where I am.

Does any of that make any sense as to what I'm trying to suggest? Can I have this tomorrow? lol

Lightroom is a wonderful product! Keep up the amazing work! and Thank you so very much!
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Lee Jay

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Yes it makes sense and no you can't have it tomorrow.
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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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4x5 and 8x10 are the same thing.

If all-crops-centered is what you want just crop using the squarest and the rest will be inside of it, chopping off the narrower sides.

If all-crops-centered is not want you want then use a virtual copy and crop it the way you want. This is what I do.

The complications are that the crops wouldn't be centered or one would be portrait and one landscape so if a rough approximation is what you want the squarest-crop method will be an approximation. If you want something more prefect you have to adjust each crop individually so you'd need to make virtual copies.

If a UI could be made to perfect multiple-crops on one image, I'd be for that, but not just a centered-within-each-other approximation.

I'm sure Adobe and other picture-editor designers have thought of this and purposely not implemented it.
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Allan Olesen

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As I read the OP, he is not asking for multiple crops.

He is simply asking for a crop overlay where he can see how much would be left if someone took his crop and cropped it further to other common aspect ratios.

And by the way, I fully agree to this:
"If a UI could be made to perfect multiple-crops on one image, I'd be for that, but not just a centered-within-each-other approximation."
I actually do 3 different crops of many of my images. I default to same center and same area (width*height) and then adjust each crop manually to optimal composition. A lot of them turn out not to be centered equally after this.