Alternate Lightroom Crop Overlays

Lightroom users will know that when you are using the crop tool (R) you are shown a Rule of Thirds grid overlay to help you compose your shot. What you may not be aware of, and I had no idea until reading it via Friend-of-the-Blog Andy Biggs, is that you have more options than just the single overlay.

In fact, there are six different options to help you when composing your shots. Here’s how:

  1. Hit the “R” key to enable the Crop Tool. (If you are not already in the Develop Module, hitting the “R” key will automatically switch you to it with the Crop Tool ready for you to use.) By default, the Rule of Thirds overlay will be visible.
  2. To cycle through the other options (shown below) simply tap the “O” key – not “zero.”
  3. For those overlays that are asymetrical, by holding down the Shift key while tapping “O” will allow you to rotate and flip the view of that particular overlay.

And there you have it!









  • Very cool! I didn’t know this was an option. I am loving Lightroom more and more these days. Thank you for passing the tip along. Your new blog looks great, Jason.

    September 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm
  • I found this feature in Lightroom a few weeks ago. It really does help when assessing composition of images.

    September 20, 2007 at 5:39 pm

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