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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 103 of 116

Geometry and Crop Tool


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 103 of 116

Geometry and Crop Tool


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Geometry and Crop Tool

the next tool at the very bottom of the um adjustment area is the geometry. Geometry is looking at the image itself and seeing whether or not I'm square on to whatever I'm shooting. So sometimes if you're shooting a city, you can see that there's kind of like a a parallax thing happening where you're closer to the bottom and so the tops of the buildings look smaller because they're further away. So you're seeing perspective happening looking up. Same thing happens anywhere you go, and especially when you come into a shot like the one I'm looking at here, where I have these great windows. But the windows are are kind of against the edge of the frame. And so it's really important that those windows air square with the frame so that the photograph looks really, uh, solid. And so what I want to do is I want to go in, and I want to make sure that I might have been, you know, a little bit too far this way or a little bit too far that way, right or left. Maybe I was down a little bit further.

And so the windows are starting to kind of parallax and get smaller on the top. And so I want to even that out and kind of change my camera position, actually, so that the windows air really square. So the way that I do that is I go into the geometry panel and I'm going to go to the upright options here and in the upright options. I have different options. I could do auto and let it try and fix it itself. Or I could do level and just try and get it toe level the image. I can also tell it to do a vertical which tries to fix the vertical lines. But my favorite is the guided. When I click on guided, I get to use this little tool right here That looks like a cross. So I'm gonna grab this cross. And by the way, if you hover on anything, all these little help tools pop up, so I'm gonna click on that cross, and now I have the option. So I click on that cross and then I have the option to start grabbing lines and I have to verticals and two horizontal is that I can use. So I'm gonna click on the first vertical line. That's important, which is those windows. So that's the first vertical line. And nothing happened because there's not enough information yet. The second vertical line that matters to me, it could be these windows or even better. It could be this staircase right here that the little girl is on there. So what's just happened is it squared up both the staircase and the windows with the bottom and top of the frame. But I actually think that maybe that staircase is a little bit skewed. So instead I'm gonna come up and do the windows instead and notice that it kind of went wonky for a second boom There. So now are our windows and are the top of our building are completely square now. What happened was when I did that, I went wonky on me. I ended up losing the edge of my frame here, so I lost the windows. So let me just quickly delete this and start over so that we have let's go into our crop tool because it crops, see what it did. It cropped everything out. So I'm gonna go back and start over again because I really kind of messed that one up. All right, so and there's the crop tool. Um, okay, so now I'm gonna go back and click on that little cross. I'm gonna try that again. I'm gonna start at the top. There we go. So now hasn't done anything because they're not enough information. And now I'm gonna grab on the bottom window, and I'm just going to go across that one and see now both the window edges, top and bottom are square with the top and bottom of my frame. So now I'm gonna do the same thing with the side windows. So I'm just going to click on the side of the window here and this, do this and then this side of the window here and do that. So now it's squared up that window with the right and left frame. So I have a perfectly perpendicular and ah ah, parallel window edges with my frame edges. So it's really quite nice. Now this paired with if you go into the optics and and remove of the lens correction issues, so click on lens correction, and it kind of gets rid of the Boeing of things and I want to keep the lensman yet ing in there. That looks really quite nice. And then we just need to crop it. So that's the next tool we need to look at. So in the crop tool, which is right below the edit tool, click on crop and you'll find the crop tool. And then I'm just gonna crop out that side so that I'm equal distant with those windows there. And ah, And by the way, if I want to in the crop tool, um, I can keep the original aspect ratio. Or I can say I want this to be a two by three or four by six aspect ratio. And then when I grab it and drag it it, it increases and decreases all equally so that it's it maintains that aspect ratio. So I'm gonna just shift click. I'm just gonna click up here, drag this around until I get the exact crop that I want and done, and I like that image a lot. So that's the crop tool

Class Description

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.