Any Crop Lightroom Plugin


Work more efficiently with crops and avoid long-standing Lightroom bugs. Any Crop provides a floating, always-visible panel:

  • View photo and crop dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters.
  • View total crop size (megapixels), rotation, and mirroring.
  • Set an exact crop size in pixels, inches or centimeters.
  • Use aspect ratios that are close but not identical to built-in ratios.
  • Copy crops from one photo to another, even if the photos are in different formats.
  • Define crop presets and apply them to many photos at once.
  • Control the orientation, angle, position, and total size when defining a preset.
  • Prepare multiple crops for a set of photos all at once.


Any Crop provides a solution to two long-standing Lightroom bugs:
  • The Develop crop tool won't let you enter exact aspect ratios. If you enter a ratio that is too close to an existing built-in ratio, Lightroom will use the built-in ratio. For example, if you enter 10 x 13, Lightroom will use 8.5 x 11.

  • Crop settings are synced or copied incorrectly between different image formats. For example, if you copy settings from a raw and paste them to a JPEG, the pasted crop could have a different size.

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Download and Install

Any Crop requires Lightroom 6 / CC 2015 or later.

  1. Download anycrop.1.2.zip.

  2. If you're upgrading from a previous version of Any Crop, exit Lightroom and replace the existing anycrop.lrplugin folder with the new one extracted from the downloaded .zip. Restart Lightroom and you're done.

  3. If this is a new installation, extract the folder anycrop.lrplugin from the downloaded .zip and move it to a location of your choice.

  4. In Lightroom, do File > Plug-in Manager.

  5. Click Add, browse and select the anycrop.lrplugin folder, and click OK (Windows) or Add Plug-in (Mac OS).

The free trial is for 30 days—after that, you'll need to buy a license.

Buy a License
  1. Buy a license at a price you think is fair: Add to Cart
    The license includes unlimited upgrades. Make sure you're satisfied with the free trial before buying.

  2. Copy the license key from the confirmation page or confirmation email.

  3. Do Library > Plugin-Extras > Any Crop > Crop.

  4. Click Buy.

  5. Paste the key into the License key box and click OK.

Using Any Crop

The menu command File > Plug-in Extras > Any Crop > Crop opens a floating panel that displays information about the current photo and its crop. In the panel, you can define and apply presets and reset the current crop.

You can position the panel anywhere on the screen. Unfortunately, the panel won't stay on top (a limitation of Lightroom). To keep the panel visible, tuck it under the upper-left corner of the main window, with just the left half of the panel showing:

That will keep the panel visible without sacrificing much screen real estate. If the panel disappears, just do Any Crop > Crop again to bring it to the top.

Units

By default, a crop's dimensions are shown in pixels. Use the Units drop-down menu to change that to inches or centimeters. Then set the resolution to the same value you'll use when you print, otherwise the size shown by Any Crop won't be accurate.

To export the photo at the exact size shown by Any Crop, uncheck the Export setting Resize to Fit and set Resolution to the same value shown in Any Crop.

Presets

Any Crop provides crop presets for all the common aspect ratios, and you can add your own.

To apply a preset, select it from the Preset dropdown menu. If you select Apply to all, the preset will be applied to all the selected photos, not just the current (most-selected) photo.

To define a new preset, select New… from the menu.

By default, the new preset will fit the largest possible crop rectangle of the given ratio inside the target image's current crop, matching its landscape or portrait orientation. Checking Use the current image's crop will define the preset to also use the angle, orientation, position, and size of the current image's crop. You can control which of these are included in the preset by choosing the corresponding options.

Unlike Lightroom's crop tool, Any Crop lets you define a crop ratio that is very close to an existing built-in preset, e.g. 10 x 13 (which is close to 8.5 x 11). When you use such a preset, the crop tool will show the incorrect ratio, while Any Crop will display the actual ratio.

Tip: To edit or delete a preset, you first have to select it, which will apply it to the current photo. To avoid modifying the current photo, first deselect all photos by doing Edit > Select None. Then select the desired preset and invoke Edit or Delete from the preset menu.

Copy and Paste Crops

To copy a crop from the current photo to one or more target photos, do File > Plug-in Extras > Any Crop > Copy. Then select the target photos and do Paste. By default this will copy not just the aspect ratio but the angle, relative position, and relative size of the crop. But you can select which of these attributes is copied:

Unlike Lightroom, Any Crop correctly copies the crop settings between photos of different formats, e.g. from a raw to JPEG.

Applying Multiple Crop Presets

Use the batch command to prepare multiple crops of a set of photos. For example, once you have an edited set, you may wish to prepare crops at 8.5 x 11 for printing, 3 x 4 for iPad, 5 x 8 for Android, and 9 x 16 for HDTV.

Select the photos and do File > Plug-in Extras > Any Crop > Batch. Choose a crop preset, a collection set or publish service, and the name of a collection within that set or service. Any Crop will create the collection if it doesn't exist, and it will place virtual copies of the selected photos in the collection, cropped by the preset:

You can apply up to five presets at a time. Then you can review the individual virtual copies and, if necessary, adjust their crops.

Tip: For each of the presets, set the option Same number of pixels as target image's current crop. This will ensure that if the original image has already been cropped, the crop created by the preset will have the same number of megapixels and will be centered over the original crop. Otherwise, the preset's crop will be placed inside the original crop, making it smaller than you probably want.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows: You can use the standard menu keystrokes to invoke the Crop command. ALT+F opens the File menu, U selects the Plug-in Extras submenu, Enter/Return opens the submenu, and C invokes the Crop command.

To assign a single keystroke as the shortcut, download and install the free, widely used AutoHotkey. Then, in the File Explorer, navigate to the plugin folder anycrop.lrplugin. Double-click Install-Keyboard-Shortcut.bat and restart your computer. This defines the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+C to invoke the Crop command. To change the shortcut, edit the file Keyboard-Shortcut.ahk in Notepad and follow the instructions in that file.

Mac OS: You can use the standard mechanism for assigning application shortcuts to plugin menu commands. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Application Shortcuts, select Adobe Lightroom. Click "+" to add a new shortcut, in Menu Title type "Crop" preceded by three spaces: "<space><space><space>Crop" (case matters). In Keyboard Shortcut type the desired key or key combination.

Support

Please send problems, bugs, suggestions, and feedback to

I'll gladly provide free licenses in exchange for reports of new, reproducible bugs.

Known limitations and issues:

  • Any Crop requires Lightroom 6 / CC 2015 or later—it relies on features missing from earlier versions.

Version History

1.2
  • Initial release.

Copyright 2016-18 John R. Ellis