Rod Lawton explains NX-D’s selection of tools for straightening and cropping
Alter the composition of your images using Nikon Capture NX-D’s selection of cropping and straightening tools
Capture NX-D has tools for both, though they don’t necessarily work in quite the same way you may be used to.
The key point to remember about Capture NX-D is that all your adjustments are ‘non-destructive’ and don’t permanently alter your files, so you can go back at any time in the future and change the way your picture has been cropped if you’re not happy with it. NX-D’s adjustments are not applied directly to the image; instead, they’re stored as ‘sidecar’ files which contain your processing instructions.
The other thing to remember is that Capture NX-D’s adjustments are not visible outside the program itself. Other RAW conversion programs like Adobe Camera Raw will only be able to see the unedited RAW file, not the adjustments you’ve made in Capture NX-D.
In order to save a permanent version of a file you’ve modified, you need to click the Convert Files button on the top toolbar. This enables you to save a TIFF or a JPEG version which other programs can open and work with.
Capture NX-D’s Crop tool can be used in ‘Free Crop’ mode (see opposite) or using one of a series of preset aspect ratios. The crop marquee also displays a grid overlay which splits the image into thirds. You can use this as a compositional aid, applying the ‘Rule of Thirds’ so that horizon lines or other objects are placed a third of the way in from the edge rather than dead-centre.
The Crop panel in our main annotation, above, is shown floating over the image. Like other Capture NX-D panels, though, it can be ‘docked’ to the sidebar so that the image area is kept free. You can choose where to display it using the drop-down button in the top-right corner of the panel.