9 Replies Latest reply: May 26, 2012 5:35 PM by jay pegg
jay pegg Level 1 (0 points)

I'm photographing an old scrapbook that has over 200 pages. I used the "do not constrain" to crop the first page. Now I want that same aspect ration for the rest of the pages.The pages are going to be printed at13.5 x 9.00 inches so I put this value into the custom crop HUD but the crop ratio it gave was incorrect.


However, It seems simpler to crop them all at the same ratio and then put the image size in at export, a process I'm familiar with. Help would be much appreciated. Thanks, jp


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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    You should be able to use lift & stamp to copy the crop from the first image to all the others.

  • jay pegg Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Frank. Haven't used Lift & Stamp before but let me have a look and I'll get back to you. Cheers, jp

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Get all the Images you want to crop to the same aspect ratio in one container (use an Album).  Select the first one.  Change to the Viewer.  Bring up the Crop HUD.  Change "Aspect Ratio" to "Custom" Put "27" in for width and "18" in for height (27 x 18 is the same as 13.5 x 9).  Create and position a crop box where you want it.  While staying in the Viewer, and without closing the Crop tool, move the selection to the next Image in the container (use {Command}+{Right Arrow}).  The Crop tool should still be active, with the same aspect ratio selected.  Create and position a crop box on this Image.  Continue through all of the Images.  Close the Crop tool.  Your Images should all be cropped the way you want.


    Note that you can do this in Split view as well.


    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger -- misstated the keyboard shortcut.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Once you have the first image cropped you can select all the other images stamp them all at once to get the correct crop and then as the need arises go back to each image and reposition the crop if needed.


    If all the pages are the same size you might get lucky and not have to re-position the crop.



  • jay pegg Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, thank you Kirby, this works. Frank's method works too. I'm puzzled how you converted 13.5 x 9 inches into 27 x 18. Cheers, jp

  • jay pegg Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Frank. There was no way I was going to get lucky with exact page size because of the antiqity and sheer thickness of the scrapbook. I had to adjust every image but I expected this. I tried Kirby's approach and, if I understood his instructions correctly, it involved working on every image too. Both techniques involved similar time. Cheers, jp

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    jay pegg wrote:

    Both techniques involved similar time.

    There's (famously) no free lunch.  If you want a crop customized for each Image, you are going to have to manually customize it for each Image.  Every crop has three parameters you determine: the aspect ratio, the size, and the position on the original Image.  Frank's method quickly gives you the aspect ratio and a size that is likely to be close to what you want (close enough in many cases), but you will have to re-position the crop rectangle on many Images.  My method gives the aspect ratio you want, and let's you quickly and successively select the size and position (with one click-and-drag operation).  Even with Frank's method, you would be smart (imho) to use my method of moving from Image to Image with the Crop tool active.  You are correct: Both techniques involved similar time.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    The Crop HUD, afaict, allows only integers in the Width and Height fields*.  To convert 13.5 to an integer I needed to multiply by 2.  To keep the aspect ratio the same, any arithmetic operation on one parameter must be applied to the other, so I multiplied 9 by 2.  Thus, 27 x 18. 


    There are many ways to express the same ratio.  I could have corrected for the incorrect parsing of the decimal by multiplying _both_ height and width by 10, and used 135 x 90.  (13.5 x 9), (27 x 18), and (135 x 90) all represent the exact same aspect ratio.  The simple way to express it is 3 x 2.


    *This makes sense mathmatically (to me, a lapsed abstract tinkerer), but assumes, wrongly, that all users are sensible mathmeticians.  The interface should be refined enough to either accept decimal input in those fields or refuse it.  Currently, it accepts decimal input, but misreads it.  You might send Apple a note and ask them to fix this:  "Aperture➞Provide Aperture Feedback".

  • jay pegg Level 1 (0 points)

    I struggle with "sensible" let alone mathmetician, Kirby. However, after looking up "integer" in the dictonary, your explanation made sense. Another small step toward understanding the capabilities of A3. Thank you very much for your input.