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Cropping images

From: Designing a Newsletter

Video: Cropping images

Now that we fitted our pictures, we need to apply some cropping and scaling to our pictures on an as-needed basis. So I'm going to do the pictures on the first page and then I'll go and do the rest of the document off camera, but here we'll see the techniques used. Beginning with this one, I'm going to zoom in on the image first off all. Command+Spacebar and then click and drag over that image to enlarge your view of it. And obviously, in the case of this one, we need to move the image to the left.

Cropping images

Now that we fitted our pictures, we need to apply some cropping and scaling to our pictures on an as-needed basis. So I'm going to do the pictures on the first page and then I'll go and do the rest of the document off camera, but here we'll see the techniques used. Beginning with this one, I'm going to zoom in on the image first off all. Command+Spacebar and then click and drag over that image to enlarge your view of it. And obviously, in the case of this one, we need to move the image to the left.

When I choose my Direct Selection tool, that's the white arrow, and then click on the image, we see the image bounce in the inverse color to whatever is your layer color. So here, layer color, red. The inverse color is cyan and I now can move that image to the left. I can drag it but to make sure that I don't move the image top and bottom, because top and bottom, it fits exactly, I'm going to use my left nudge arrow. If I want to move in bigger increments, then I'll also hold down my Shift key.

Now, hold down spacebar, clicking and dragging to move my document within my document window, the dog can stay as it is for now and this one, we need to move down, so that we are not cropping off of the top of the subject's head. I'll now zoom out, Command+Option+0 or Ctrl+ Alt+0 and zoom back in again on our main image. Now with this image, I don't think I need to crop it so much as I need to scale it. When I click on it, we can see there is not much wiggle room top and bottom. We have a little bit, but not too much. So the aspect ratio of the frame is very similar to the aspect ratio of the picture itself. I can scale this picture in a couple of different ways.

What I'm after is seeing a bit less of this tree on the right-hand side here, the right-hand side as we look at it and seeing a bit more of our subjects. One way to scale it would be to choose the bottom left-hand reference point. The bottom left-hand, because that's the point that we want to remain fixed. Now if I just pop back to the finished version for a moment and remind you of the treatment that we are going to give this image, we are going to cut out the taller of our two subjects so that her head pops up over the top of the picture frame.

With that in mind, with this version, before we get to do the partial cut out on that, it's going to look like we are quite severely cropping the top of her head, but we'll address that in a later movie. But for now, she is going to need to be cropped like that and I'm also going to scale it some more and this time, I'll use a different technique. I will hold down the Shift key, so I'm scaling proportionally and grab the top-right hand anchor point and then just drag that up and a little bit more to about there I think. So I'll go ahead and do the rest of the scaling of the images off camera and see you in the next movie with newsletter07.

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Designing a Newsletter

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Nigel French
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  1. 6m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
    3. Overview
      4m 18s
  2. 22m 2s
    1. Saving a custom workspace
      2m 8s
    2. Deconstructing the document
      3m 3s
    3. Using a template
      1m 38s
    4. Setting up the workspace
      4m 58s
    5. Setting up the document
      1m 49s
    6. Creating layers
      1m 7s
    7. Creating the baseline grid
      3m 5s
    8. Creating text and picture frames
      4m 14s
  3. 23m 45s
    1. Choosing images
      2m 17s
    2. Placing images
      3m 24s
    3. Fitting images with object styles
      2m 26s
    4. Cropping images
      3m 9s
    5. Creating cutouts
      4m 26s
    6. Creating partial cutouts
      2m 24s
    7. Fixing a problem image
      5m 39s
  4. 39m 45s
    1. Placing text
      6m 30s
    2. Cleaning up text
      2m 49s
    3. Designing body text
      8m 46s
    4. Designing headlines: 36, 24, 16, 12
      11m 20s
    5. Loading styles
      1m 54s
    6. Applying styles
      4m 35s
    7. Working with text wraps
      3m 51s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Designing the nameplate
      11m 49s
    2. Designing footers
      6m 0s
    3. Choosing and creating colors
      4m 49s
    4. Designing color panels
      8m 16s
    5. Creating drop caps
      4m 19s
    6. Creating department heads
      9m 8s
    7. Designing a review section
      7m 12s
    8. Designing a calendar
      4m 39s
    9. Finessing text
      5m 33s
    10. Designing the masthead
      5m 8s
    11. Designing the feature spread
      3m 10s
    12. Creating pull quotes, captions, and photo credits
      7m 24s
    13. Designing a mailing area
      2m 32s
    14. Designing a table of contents
      2m 15s
  6. 27m 20s
    1. Using live preflight
      6m 8s
    2. Proofing and imposing pages
      4m 33s
    3. Making a print-ready PDF
      4m 15s
    4. Making a screen PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Packaging
      3m 17s
    6. Saving snippets
      3m 48s
    7. Saving as a template
      3m 30s
  7. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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