Complete Crop: 4 Tips For Cropping In Photoshop

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If you’re involved with editing images you will undoubtedly need to crop some of them at one point or another. The Crop tool and the Marquee tools are the weapons of choice for these procedures. I’ve written in the past about keeping your crops , the massive time saver Crop and Straighten command, and also the Trim command, which also allows you to crop very tightly based on pixel color. Here’s four more tips to help you speed up or refine your crops as you go. 1. Straighten Images With The Crop Tool There are lots of ways to straighten images crooked images in Photoshop, including this method using the Crop Tool. Here’s how. In the toolbox, select the Crop tool (clip_image002[1]). Now on your crooked image, start in the top right corner and draw a marquee around the image using the crop tool. It doesn’t matter if you cut off some of the edges as you’ll adjust the marquee to fit next. When you let go of the mouse button, you’ll see the cropping shield and it allows you to see which parts of the image will be deleted when you apply the crop. clip_image008 On the tool options bar, make sure that the Perspective check box is not selected. In the image window, move the pointer outside the crop marquee so that it appears as a curved double arrow (clip_image006). Drag clockwise to rotate the marquee until it matches the angle of the picture. Place the pointer inside the crop marquee, and drag the marquee until it contains all the parts of the picture you want shown. Use the and corner handles to adjust the size of the marquee. clip_image010 Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS). Voila! The image is now cropped, and the cropped image now fills the image window, straightened, sized, and cropped according to your specifications. 2. Stop The Crop From Snapping To The Edge Of Your Document Sometimes when you’re using the Crop tool it can be really useful to have the cropping border snap on to the edges of your image. This happens with the Marquee selections too. There are of course, other times when it’s a pain to have the crop sticking like glue to the edges. If you don’t want any snapping to happen, press Shirt + Ctrl+; (win) or Shift+Cmd+; (mac). This turns off all snapping such as snap to the document boundary, snap to rulers and snap to guides. If you only want to turn off Crop or Marquee snapping to the edges of your document, choose View > Snap To and choose Document Bounds. DocumentBoundary 3. Swap Crop Dimensions When you choose the Crop tool, the tool Options bar displays a number of options, the first two being the width and height of the crop. In between those fields is a tiny little button that you’d hardly notice and it’s a bit time saver. Below you can see I set up a crop of exactly 6cm x 10cm. If I hit that little button, I will now get a crop of 10cm x 6cm. Saves on all that inconvenient typing. SwapCropFields 4. Non-square cropping You don’t have to draw out a square to crop an image. You can make a selection around an object or in an image using any of the selection tools. Here I’ve drawn really loosely around the buildings with the lasso. Non-square1 Choose Image > Crop and Photoshop will crop the image as tightly as it can. Non-square2 Do you have any other speedy Crop tips you’d like to share?

Frequently Asked Questions about Cropping in Photoshop

How can I disable crop snapping in Photoshop?

Crop snapping is a feature in Photoshop that automatically aligns the crop marquee to the edge of your image. If you want to disable this feature, go to the “View” menu, then select “Snap”. A checkmark next to “Snap” means it’s enabled. Clicking on it will disable it. Now, your crop tool will move freely without snapping to the edges.

What is the difference between cropping and straightening in Photoshop?

Cropping in Photoshop is the process of removing unwanted areas from an image, while straightening is the process of aligning a tilted image. When you straighten an image, Photoshop automatically crops the edges to create a new straightened image.

How can I crop an image without losing quality in Photoshop?

To maintain the quality of your image while cropping, ensure that you do not resize the image in the process. Use the crop tool to select the area you want to keep, then press Enter. The cropped image will maintain its original resolution.

Can I undo a crop in Photoshop?

Yes, you can undo a crop in Photoshop. Simply go to the “Edit” menu and select “Undo” or use the shortcut Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac). This will revert your image to its state before the last action was performed.

How can I crop multiple images at once in Photoshop?

To crop multiple images at once, you can use the “Batch” function in Photoshop. Go to “File”, then “Automate”, and select “Batch”. From there, you can select the action you want to apply (in this case, cropping), and the images you want to apply it to.

How can I crop to a specific size in Photoshop?

To crop to a specific size, select the crop tool, then enter your desired dimensions in the options bar at the top of the screen. You can enter dimensions in pixels, inches, cm, or other units. Then, apply the crop tool to your image.

Can I crop non-rectangular shapes in Photoshop?

Yes, you can crop non-rectangular shapes using the “Marquee” tool. Select the Marquee tool, then choose the shape you want from the options bar. Draw your shape on the image, then go to “Image” and select “Crop”.

How can I crop an image without distorting it in Photoshop?

To crop an image without distorting it, ensure that the “Delete Cropped Pixels” box is unchecked in the options bar when you select the crop tool. This will preserve the original proportions of your image.

Can I save a cropped area as a new image in Photoshop?

Yes, after cropping an area of your image, you can save it as a new image. Go to “File”, then “Save As”, and choose your desired format and location.

How can I crop an image to a specific aspect ratio in Photoshop?

To crop an image to a specific aspect ratio, select the crop tool, then enter your desired ratio in the options bar at the top of the screen. For example, for a square crop, you would enter 1:1. Then, apply the crop tool to your image.

Jennifer FarleyJennifer Farley
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Jennifer Farley is a designer, illustrator and design instructor based in Ireland. She writes about design and illustration on her blog at Laughing Lion Design.

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