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5. Developing Your Photos > Crop & Rotate

Crop & Rotate

The main point of cropping is to improve the overall composition of the photo by removing distracting elements (or negative space) to create a more dynamic relationship between the important subjects that remain. Cropping can also be used to change the aspect ratio of a photo for printing purposes (such as when you need to crop the photo to print at a specific size). In Carousel 1.0, there is no way to choose a specific aspect ratio or to even lock the current aspect ratio, so that means Carousel cropping is all about improving the composition only.


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An aspect ratio is just a way to express the relationship between the longest side and the shortest side of a photo. A square photo has a 1:1 aspect ratio because both sides are the same length. Most photos are rectangles, so one side is longer than the other. Most digital cameras produce photos with either a 2:3 or 4:3 aspect ratio.


  

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