Photoshop: Crop tool: Selecting preset ratio should maintain crop box orientation

  • 1
  • Idea
  • Updated 1 year ago
  • (Edited)
In the crop tool, I often start with a hand-selected crop box and then want to switch to one of the preset ratios (3:2, 5:7, etc.)  Even if my current crop box is landscape, the crop box is changed to portrait, reduced to fit inside the dimensions of my current crop box.  I can then use 'X' to rotate the crop box, but since the previous step significantly reduced its size, it's too small and I have to stretch it back out again.

It would be helpful if selecting a preset ratio worked this way:
  • If a crop box is not in progress, use the default orientation for the preset ratio (current behavior)
  • If a crop box is in progress, the larger number in the ratio should be used along the larger dimension (new behavior)
For example:
  • Select the crop tool, then drag a 2100x1500 crop box (landscape)
  • Right-click and select 2:3 aspect ratio.
  • The current behavior changes the crop box to 1000x1500 (portrait)
  • The new behavior would change it to 2100x1400 (maintaining landscape)
Photo of Randall Spangler

Randall Spangler

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 1 year ago

  • 1
Photo of TangCanada


  • 197 Posts
  • 88 Reply Likes
It changes orientation because you selected 2 wide x3 high and thats portrait so it will fit the height of the image.
What you are suggesting will be confusing to me... if I choose 2x3 i expect portrait.
Photo of Randall Spangler

Randall Spangler

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
With this suggestion, If you want portrait, then:
  • Select the crop tool.
  • Right-click and choose 2:3 *before* dragging to create a crop box.
  • Or drag a crop box which is taller than it is wide before choosing 2:3
Note that the tool already rotates the orientation based on how you start dragging a crop box.  Once you select 2:3, try this:
  • Select the crop tool
  • Right-click and choose 2:3 ratio
  • Drag more right than down
  • Note that the crop box automatically rotates to 3:2 ratio
All I want is that if I've dragged a crop box and then select a ratio for it to do the same thing it would if I selected a ratio and then dragged a crop box.