There are several ways on how to crop your images inside the Photo Raw 2017. However, there are a few important things to remember before using the crop tool in the standalone application and when launching as a plugin from Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.
1. The crop tool is not accessible when launching as a plugin from Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom
You may notice that the crop tool on the left is greyed out or not selectable after launching Effects or Develop 2017 as a plugin from Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. This is because you will be able to crop your image inside Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom when you are finished editing in our plugin. If you would like to use the crop tool that is inside Effects or Develop, you will need to launch the Photo Raw 2017 as a standalone application.
2. Non-Desctuctive Cropping vs. Cropping in the Layers or Resize modules
When you are running the Photo Raw 2017 as a standalone application, you will be able to crop your image non-destructively by bringing an image from the Browse module into Develop or Effects. In the screenshot below, you will notice that the crop tool is selectable:
When going directly from Browse to Develop/Effects, all changes you make to the image (including cropping) will be saved non-destructively. This means, you will be able to go back to Browse and take this image back to Effects/Develop and make further adjustments to your settings or crop position if needed.
However, if you are running the Photo Raw 2017 as a standalone application and bring an image from Browse > Layers you will be able to select the Crop Tool on the left, but these changes will be baked into the newly created file. All crop changes made in layers are not non-destructive edits. If you crop the image in the Layers module, you will not be able to go back and make further adjustments to the crop positioning after saving the image out of the Layers module or clicking to edit in Effects/Develop.
Consequently, if you bring an image from Browse > Layers > Effects/Develop, the Crop Tool is not selectable and will appear greyed out:
This is because this image was first opened in the Layers module prior to opening in Effects/Develop. If you start with an image in Layers, you will need to bring the image back to the Layers module in order to use the crop tool.
3. Cropping in the Resize module
Cropping your image in the Resize module is similar to cropping in the Layers module. Cropping when resizing your image for print will bake the crop changes into the resized file. you will not be able to go back and make changes to the crop you have made in Resize prior to resizing the image.
When you are using the crop tool within the Resize module, you will notice in the screenshot above the options on the right are greyed out and not selectable. You will need to finish positioning and applying the crop on the image before you will be able to make further adjustments within the options on the right side of the Resize module. For more on this topic, please click here.
For more information on how to use the ON1 plugins from Adobe Photoshop please click here.
For more information on how to use the Crop Tool, please see our Training Videos here.