Crop tool in Photoshop CS2

  1. Introducing the Crop tool
  2. Crop Shield Adjustment and Crop Selection
  3. Move and rotate crop selection
  4. Adjust perspective with the Crop tool
  5. Harvest Completion or Cancellation
  6. Crop Layers – Remove or hide the crop area
  7. Crop Tool Presets
  8. Crop aspect ratio
  9. More pruning tips

Introducing the Crop tool

On the third button on the left side of the Photoshop toolbar we find the Crop tool. The crop tool has a very easy keyboard shortcut to remember, so you rarely have to worry about selecting it from the toolbar. The shortcut to activate the Crop tool is C. Photoshop’s Crop tool can do much more than crop your images. The Crop tool can be used to increase canvas size, rotate and resample images, and quickly correct an image’s perspective.

Let’s start learning the most common uses of the crop tool… crop of course! Open an image and select the Crop tool. Note that in the options bar you have spaces to fill in with the desired width, height and resolution for the final cropped image. At the far left of the options bar, you can choose from several preset cropping options. I’ll go over the crop tool options and presets in a moment, but if you now see numbers in the crop tool options, click the Clear button in the options bar to remove them.

There is no need to be precise when selecting the first crop, as you can edit your selection before committing the crop. However, if you need pinpoint precision, you should switch to the crosshairs. You can switch from standard to precise cursors at any time by pressing the key. to push Caps Lock † This also works with drawing tools. Try it. You may find the exact cursor hard to see on some backgrounds, but it’s nice to have the option when you need it.

Crop Shield Adjustment and Crop Selection

Select any cursor and drag the selection over your image. When you release, a crop area appears and the area to be deleted is protected by a gray screen. The shield makes it easier to visualize how cropping affects the overall composition. After crop is selected, you can change the color and opacity of the protected area in the options bar. You can also disable shading by unchecking the box Shield

Note the squares on the corners and sides of the selected area. They are called descriptors because you can use them to manipulate the selection. Hover over each marker and you’ll see it change to an arrow pointing twice to indicate that you can resize the crop border. Now make some adjustments to your crop selection using the buttons. You will notice that if you drag the corner handle, you can adjust the width and height at the same time. Holding down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle constrains the height and width ratios.

You will notice that if you try to move the selection border a few pixels from one of the edges of the document, it will automatically jump to the edge of the document. This makes it difficult to crop just a few pixels of the image, but you can disable snapping by holding down the Ctrl key (Command on Mac) the closer you get to the edge. You can turn snapping on and off by clicking Shift-Ctrl-; (Shift Command -; Macintosh) or from the menu View > Anchor To > Document. borders

Move and rotate crop selection

Now move the cursor to the selected area. The cursor changes to a solid black arrow indicating that you can move the selection. Holding down the Shift key while moving a selection restricts your movement.

But that’s not all… move your cursor to the outside of one of the corner handles and you’ll see it turn into a double curved arrow. When the curved arrow cursor is active, you can rotate the selection. This allows you to crop and straighten a skewed image at the same time. Simply align one of the crop edges to the part of the image that should be horizontal or vertical, and when you call crop, the image will be rotated to match your selection. The center point on the crop area determines the center point to which the area is rotated. You can move this center point to change the center point of the rotation by clicking and dragging.

Adjust perspective with the Crop tool

After drawing the crop, you have a checkbox in the options bar to adjust the perspective. This is useful for photos of tall buildings with some distortion. When you check the perspective box, you can move the cursor over one of the corner handles and it will turn into a hatched arrow. You can then click and drag each corner of the crop area individually. To correct perspective distortion, move the top corners of the selection inward so that the sides of the selection align with the edges of the building you want correct.

Harvest Completion or Cancellation

If you change your mind after making a crop selection, you can discard it by clicking esc † To confirm your selection and make the cropping permanent, click Enter or yield or just double click in the selection. You can also use the checkmark button in the options bar to set the crop, or the slash to undo the crop. If you right-click in the document in which you made a crop selection, you can also use the context menu to complete the crop or undo the crop.

You can also crop the selection with the Rectangular Selection tool. If the rectangle segment is active, just select Image > Crop

Crop Layers – Remove or hide the crop area

When you crop a layered image, you can choose whether to permanently remove the cropped area or just hide the area outside the cropped area. These options appear in the options bar, but are disabled if your image contains only a background layer or when you use the perspective option.

  • Parameter remove works like normal cropping – just like using the Canvas Size command to crop an image.

  • Parameter Hide retains those pixels, but resizes the canvas so they don’t appear. This area outside the visible canvas is called “big data” and you can make it visible again by selecting Image > Show all † Keep in mind that when saving a file, the hide option requires more memory and disk space.

Take a few minutes to practice pruning and manipulating crop selection using all the techniques we’ve covered so far. You can return the image to its original state at any time by going to the section File > Check In

Crop Tool Presets

Now let’s go back to these cropping options and presets. If you select the crop tool and click the arrow on the far left of the options bar, you get the preset crop tool palette. These presets are for cropping to the most common photo sizes, and they all set the resolution to 300, meaning your file will be re-sampled.

You can create your own crop presets and add them to the palette. We recommend that you create your own crop presets for common photo sizes without specifying a resolution, so you can quickly crop to these sizes without resampling. We’ll help you create the first preset and you can create the rest yourself. Select the crop tool. In the options bar, enter these values:

  • Width = 6

  • Height = 4

  • Consent = (leave blank)

Click the arrow for the preset palette and then click the icon on the right to create a new preset. The name is automatically filled in based on the values ​​you use, but you can change it if you want. We named our preset “Crop 6×4”.

Crop aspect ratio

Now if you select this preset, the Crop tool will have a fixed aspect ratio of 4:6. You can choose the crop size for any size, but it will always keep that aspect ratio, and when you lock the cropping, no resampling will occur and your resolution will change. will not change images. Since you entered a fixed aspect ratio, the crop area does not show side markers – only corner markers.

Now that we’ve created a 4×6 crop preset, you can go ahead and create presets for other common sizes, such as:

  • 1×1 (square)

  • 5×7

  • 8×10

You may be tempted to create portrait and landscape presets for each size, but it’s not required. To swap the Width and Height values ​​for the Crop tool, simply click the double arrowheads between the Width and Height boxes in the options bar and the numbers will be swapped.

More pruning tips

Every time you use a number in the crop’s resolution box, your image is recalculated. If you really don’t know what you’re doing, we recommend that you always clear the crop settings permission field.

You can also use pixel values ​​in the Height and Width box of the options bar by typing “px” after the numbers. For example, if you have a website and you want to publish all images at the same size of 400 x 300 pixels, you can create a preset for that size. When you use pixel values ​​in the height and width fields, your image is always recalculated to match its exact dimensions.

Knob front image in the options bar comes into play if you ever need to crop an image based on the exact values ​​of another image. When you click this button, the Height, Width, and Resolution fields are automatically filled in with the values ​​of the active document. You can then switch to another document and crop to the same values, or create a crop tool preset based on the current document size and resolution.

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