PhotoLab 4 - how to change the CROP setting for an entire session in PhotoLab 4

This morning I took about 100 photos with my Leica M10, and used PhotoMechanic to cut that number in half. I then copied all those photos into a folder within my PhotoLab filing system.

I opened PhotoLab, and one by one it seemed to be making the changes specified in the “STANDARD” preset. A few minutes later, everything is done, and I went to open the first image to review/edit in the CUSTOMIZE mode.

Here is my question. For every photograph I want to crop, I need to change the setting from “Original” to Unconstrained. This feels like a waste of time to me, especially so because I sometimes forget to do it. So, my questions:

1 - Is there any way to change the default setting for Crop to “unconstrained”?

2 - If not, is there any way to change it for this entire folder, during this editing session?

3 - I think someone once told me that if I hover my mouse over something (I don’t remember what) the crop setting for that image will change to unconstrained. If so, can someone please remind me of what to do?

G’day Mike
Mac or Windows?

Right now, it’s Mac, but if you have a good answer for Windows, please post that as well. I doubt that I’m the only person trying to figure this out. Thanks!!

Put it into a user defined preset. :cowboy_hat_face:

Hi Mike,
Just press ‘shift’ on your Mac to switch to unconstrained :wink:


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Yes, when I get to making my own Preset, I will do that.

In the meantime, pressing SHIFT doesn’t do anything.


select all images in the filmstrip and go to unconstrained


You need to click on a corner of the crop rectangle and hold shift while resizing.

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Brilliant!!! If that works, I’m all set. Thank you!

Thanks - I’ll keep that in mind, but if Sigi’s idea works, this is no longer an issue for me.

MIke - this does not just work for cropping. If you want to have a certain effect on a bunch of files, just select them und click on a slider etc…
If you learn that you do a certain change regularly then of course it pays off to do a PARTIAL preset.

Sigi, once I’m comfortable using PhotoLab, I will consider what you suggest. For now, I just want to learn it, and get used to it, so doing things over and over is good for me. I don’t mind at all.

It’s different with the “crop” tool. Most of the time I crop based on the image I’m working on, and most of the time my crop is “unconstrained”. To me, this is just an annoyance, as I’m thinking about the image, not the tools, and when I start to crop everything adjusts at once. Nothing wrong with that, if I want it that way, but for my purposes each photo gets its own “crop”.

You write if I want to have a certain effect on a bunch of files - I didn’t realize that until now. So if my exposure was two stops underexposed for a string of shots, I can highlight them all, then adjust a slider, and all the selected images will be adjusted simultaneously. Wow. That is a VERY helpful concept. Thank you!

On Windows, it’s the Ctrl-key, Mike. Hold down Ctrl at the same time as you grasp (with your mouse) one of the crop handles - and PL will switch to Unconstrained.

John M

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