Create an enlarged crop in Photoshop

  1. Emphasize an element in an image by zooming in for a better view
  2. Open and prepare the image in Photoshop
  3. Select detail area
  4. Copy detail area to layers
  5. Shrink original image
  6. Add line to crop
  7. Add drop shadow to detail view
  8. rearrange business card
  9. Add connectors
  10. Add text and save the finished image

Emphasize an element in an image by zooming in for a better view

Creating an enlarged image of a small portion of the image and then combining it with the entire original image draws attention to a small area of ​​detail. Often this is accomplished by isolating a circular area, enlarging it, and then placing it in the original image in a position where it doesn’t obscure important information. Then a pair of lines drawn from the magnified detail to their position in the original image connects them. This type of output is not difficult to do in Photoshop.

Open and prepare the image in Photoshop

Start by opening the image in Photoshop. Use a high-resolution file to capture as much detail as possible in a larger view.

In the palette layers right click on the background layer and select Convert to Smart Object † This allows non-destructive editing of the layer and makes it easier if you need to edit the image after creating the detailed view.

Double tap the name Low 0 and rename it to Original

If you need to edit the photo, right click on the smart layer and select Edit content to open the image in a new layer. Make the necessary changes to the image in the new window. Select Save to close the smart object window.

Select detail area

Click on the tool Elliptical Marquee on the toolbar and use it to select the area you want to use for the detail view. Press and hold a key Shift while drawing to keep the selection in a perfect circle shape. Use room to move the selection before releasing the mouse button.

Copy detail area to layers

Go to Low in the menu bar and select New Layer via copy † Rename this layer to Detail Small † Right click on the layer Detail Small select Double layer and name the second copy Detail Large

Click the button at the bottom of the layers palette A new group to add a folder icon in the layers palette.

Select both layers original And detailed small by clicking one of them, then the other, and dragging them both to the layer Group 1

Shrink original image

Click Group 1 in the layers palette and go to the section Change in the menu bar, then select transform Scale † Both layers in group 1 are scaled together.

In the options bar at the top of the Photoshop screen, click the Chain between fields W: And H: then enter 25% for width or height and click Finch scale to apply.

You can also use the free transform here, but by using numerical scaling you are working with a known value. This is necessary if you want to highlight the magnification level in the finished document.

Add line to crop

Click on layer Detail Small to select it. Click the button at the bottom of the layers palette fx and choose valve † Adjust the stroke settings as desired. For example, use a black stroke color and a size of 2 px. Click Okay to apply the style and close the dialog box.

Copy same layer style to layer Detail Large † You can copy and paste layer styles by right clicking on the layer Detail Small in the layers palette and select Copy layer style † Then right click on the layer Detail Large and select Paste Layer Style

Add drop shadow to detail view

Double click on a line Effects , which is directly below the Detail Large layer. Click drop shadow and adjust the settings as desired. Click Okay

rearrange business card

Select a layer Detail Large select a tool Movement and position the layer in the right place relative to the whole image. Click on layer Group 1 and move it to the end of the layer list to see the layer Detail large superimposed on a larger image. Continue to use the tool Movement move the tray to where you want it to appear.

Add connectors

Zoom in on the image for exact placement. Click on icon New layer at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a new empty layer. Move it between layers Group 1 And Detail Large † With the new empty layer selected, activate the tool Resilience on the toolbar. In the options bar or layers palette, set the stroke weight to the size you used for the stroke effect on the Small Detail layer. For example, set the Stroke to 2px and the Color to Red.

Click once small circle stroke and once a big circle stroke to draw a straight line between them. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to adjust the selected endpoint. Press and hold a key Check while adjusting the line position for smaller steps. Click once on the other endpoint and adjust its position in the same way.

Repeat the process to draw a connecting line on the other side of the circles.

Add text and save the finished image

Zoom in to 100% and give the image a final check. Adjust the connectors if they don’t look right. Add text if you like.

To keep the image editable, save it in Photoshop’s native PSD format. If your brochure is in another Adobe application, you can place the Photoshop file directly on the layout. Otherwise, you can select all and run the command Merged Copy to insert into a booklet document, or to flatten layers and save a copy to import into a booklet.

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