Lightroom: Custom aspect ratio goes back to default (2x3)

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I saved and use custom crop settings ( 1x1.78, 1x1.85, 1x2.35, 1:2.39 etc ). Once in a while after pasting settings from previous ( Cmd+Option+v ) I would like to re-crop and I just click and drag a corner. Sometimes at this point the crop ratio would just snap to default ( 2x3 ) instead of keeping the original pasted settings. I do not remember if that happened under Snow Leopard but since I got Lion I became more aware and annoyed by this.
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Lee Jay

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The padlock probably becomes unlocked by itself. When you lock it back, try locking it by holding alt and see if it stops doing this.
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Let me check if I've got these step right:

Adjust crop on image 1
Move to image 2
Press previous
Activate crop tool
Crop ratio still says ratio from image 1 (i.e. 4x5), lock still locked
Adjust crop

Result - crop stays on correct ratio but says Custom instead of 4x5, lock still locked

Is that right, or have I misunderstood a step along the way? I can't get it to snap to original ratio so far on Lion, but I could be missing something.
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Vlad Plaiasu

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Please try this:
1. create a custom aspect ratio ( i.e 2.35:1)
2. apply it to image 1
3. move to next picture
4. paste settings: opt+cmd+v
5. hit R to crop and make sure the aspect ratio is locked
6. try to re-crop and the aspect ratio would snap to "original" which I find annoying since I expect to be locked at the aspect ratio of the previous image in this case 2.35:1

Thanks.
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In my testing (LR3.5, OS X 10.7.2), the problem only occurs if you copy a crop ratio and paste it on another image.

To reproduce:
1. Apply a non-standard crop ratio to an image.
2. Copy the crop ratio setting.
3. Paste the setting in another image.
4. Resize the pasted crop by grabbing a corner.
The pasted crop reverts to the original 2x3 ratio.

Note the problem doesn't occur if:
a. You resize the pasted crop by grabbing an edge rather than a corner.
b. You apply the non-standard crop ratio to multiple images with auto-sync on.
c. You apply the non-standard crop ratio to multiple images one-at-a-time.

This is surely a bug, and one that has been around for a while in past versions, although the steps to make it happen may have been different.
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I've discovered this problem also manifests itself in a different way:

1) Apply a crop from the crop tool drop down list (e.g., 1x1).

2) Now apply a different crop from the list (e.g., 4x5).

3) Undo the 2nd crop using Cmd-Z; the first crop ratio is displayed (1x1 in the example).

4) Now grab a corner and try to resize the first crop. The crop rectangle immediately snaps to the ratio of the 2nd crop (4x5).

Surely this cannot be the intended, and designed, behavior?