Lightroom: Custom crop overlay

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Hi, I shoot product photos and would really like the ability to add a custom crop overlay like the Loupe overlay, or create my own rectangle/oval to suit the products I shoot.

Sometimes I need to edit shots taken by someone else that have not all been lined up the same, it is a real hassle to get them lined up, even guides disappear when you activate the crop tool.
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john beardsworth

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How is this request different to the existing feature View > Loupe Overlay > Choose Layout Image ?
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The Loupe Overlay disappears when you activate the Crop Tool (because you are no longer in Loupe view).
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So is the request really that the overlay image remains visible when crop is activated?

I can also see benefits if the image's crop ratio automatically conforms to the overlay image's ratio.
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Yes, that would be my suggestion too. Rather than saving custom crop overlays, I think it would make more sense to keep the custom Loupe overlay visible in the Develop module.
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I would like to be able to create my own based on different products I shoot, eg large circle or rectangle roughly the same size as the product so they are all cropped with the produce in the same place. Normally I would use the loupe overlay and shoot tethered, but sometimes I get shots from someone else to fix and this is part of the process, I am working on a batch of 80+ shots now with exactly that problem. I am having to use the overlay with Aspect Ratios which is the closest I can find and then do it by eye, not the most accurate.