ApertureExpert reader Tim Biddle has a common need. He wants to create a crop preset for a specific purpose. In this case, he wants a preset for the Facebook cover photo. Currently, there is no way to create a “crop preset” in Aperture 3. This means a user would have to enter the same numbers in the crop tool every single time. Not on my watch! I have a solution!
Enter the Numbers You Need in the Crop Tool
Create a Duplicate Version of a photo. It can be any photo. Then, “Revert to Original” on the image. In this case, I’ll enter the Facebook cover dimensions of 851 for width and 315 for height. Remember that this is essentially just an aspect ratio. It doesn’t actually resize a photo. You’ll have to create a specific export preset with this size if you want the exported image to be precisely that dimension and crop the photo.
Create a Project and Call it CROP PRESETS
Then create an Album and name it appropriate to the preset you just created. In this case I’ll call it Facebook Cover Crop. In most cases I’d name it the actual dimension.
Then, drag the cropped image to this Album.
When You Need This Crop, Lift and Stamp
Since we took the step to Revert to Original the only adjustment on this image is the custom crop we created we can Lift and Stamp the crop to other images. You can make as many as these “presets” as you like and have them ready to go for any number of recurring projects. Crop at will!