Lightroom 6: Have constrain crop on by default

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Why in the world is there, or would you NOT use constrain crop box? Please remove this stupid option. or by default have the box checked. Give me one reason to NOT check the box... I'm tired of checking this box on every photo I edit!!! Also, you would think the software engineers would have figured out the cropping tool by now... if I crop after making lens corrections the crop box reverts to "as shot" if I move it around. You (engineers) should always resize the crop box to the aspect ratio I decide is best for my image, duh.
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Tom Mickow

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I feel your frustration, but I kind of doubt the tone of your message will have the folks over at Adobe falling all over themselves to help you out! :)

There are actually a number of instances where I don't want the constrain crop option turned on. One example would be when I straighten a landscape image using the transform tools and the warping creates some areas in the upper corners of the sky without any image data. Rather than cropping that out, I want that empty space included so I can pop over to Photoshop and fill it with sky.

Afaik, the only workaround to get the checkbox turned on by default is to create a preset with the checkbox turned on and apply that to your images on import. That's been working fine for me for a few years now.

I'm with you on the crop box popping back to "as shot" at odd times. I haven't quite figured out exactly when it does it and when it doesn't, but this behavior is definitely new since LR 6/CC for me.
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It is definitely very tedious when editing a thousand or so photos from a music festival, to make one unconstrained crop, and then have to reset "as shot" for many photos after--until somehow Lightroom realises that you're resetting it for every subsequent crop.

And for print photos--yes, people do still want to print--most print labs require "standard" crops, not a freehand/creative crop. There should be a way to quickly and easily switch between the two modes explicitly, and then have it remain in the last mode until you explicity switch again.
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This is one of those irritating "options" that should have been ironed out a LONG  time ago. I just printed out a number of images that I had batch straightened, and I forgot to tick that dammm box. Tom Mickow thanks for the workaround, I'll try this.
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Could I ask for clarification?  Is this thread about the Constrain to Crop checkbox in the Crop and Lens Corrections areas that make sure there aren't any outside-of-image pixels in the crop frame, or is this about locking the aspect ratio with the padlock icon in the crop area?

I am confused because the title says Constrain to Crop that would be about the checkbox; however, there are also references to As Shot which is the aspect ratio not the constrain to crop.

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I understand this is about the Lens Correction option, as found on this screenshot:
https://www.slrlounge.com/wp-content/...