LIGHTROOM: Finer Crop Control / Granularity

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I love Lightroom and use it daily. There are a couple of features or fixes I would like to see in an upcoming release or patch. In my commercial work, I need the ability to crop images at the single pixel level. With all versions of lightroom, I have only been able to get lightroom to crop at a granularity of 7 pixels. This is very frustrating as I cannot crop to the exactness that I need for my clients.

In addition, or maybe related to this, when I enter crop mode the zoom level is automatically changed to fit the entire image of the viewing panel. This also makes it extremely difficult to get accurate crop (and straightening) results.

To give you an example of how frustrating this has become, I have created a short video for your convenience:

http://screencast.com/t/lB4DBWkQe

You are doing great work and each one is always better than the last. Please address these two issues as soon as you can. Thank you in advance!
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Crop Granularity is based more on Screen Resolution and available workspace and not on pixels. Hiding panels and full screen modes with give you additional granularity - but not at pixel level unless your original is smaller than the working window.

For example on my screen, in normal work mode my granularity is 6 (1920x1200 monitor. If I hide panels it is 5.

It would help make a better case for the feature to describe how and why it would be used.
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Rikk,

The video I submitted explains exactly how I need to use the feature. Did you watch the video?

The fact that one is unable to zoom in to 1:1 during cropping is the exact problem. If you cannot zoom in to the pixel level, then you cannot crop to the pixel level unless your image has a lower resolution than the viewing area.

If you're editing a Nikon D800 image (7,360 × 4,912 pixels) and you're using LR with a desktop resolution of 1920x1200, your image gets "shrunken" a huge amount when you enter crop mode as LR forces the entire image into the editor window area (which is still smaller than 1920x1200). This like trying to write a letter with a marshmallow... your "brush" is just way too big and when you move the mouse cursor in the smallest increment it can possibly move, LR moves many pixels instead of just one... because 1 desktop pixel could be many image pixels To fix this issue, one must have the ability to zoom in to 100% in order to get accurate cropping.

For the 99% of photographers, this is just fine as it just doesn't matter when you're taking photos of brides, mountains, kids, or animals. For those of us who do commercial photography where pixel-level manipulation is a requirement, LR fails.

Here is another thread from a year ago with quite a few people wanting the exact same feature:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Does it make sense now?
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Of course I watched the video. It told me nothing. Perhaps some sound or narration would have helped?

No it doesn't make sense. That is why I asked you to explain it. To my mind, you still haven't. I know what you want. I am asking WHY?

As a commercial photographer myself, I have never found the need for what you are asking. Nevertheless, I don't object to its being there-I just can't see the necessity nor the advantage.

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