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Cropping

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Cropping

One of the most common edits you'll be making to your photos is a basic crop of that photo. Despite your best attempt to composing the image on camera, cropping is a great way to improve the composition of a photo even after the shot has been taken. I'm beginning this video with the Elements10 Organizer already open on my computer. I'm going to scroll down in the media browser to find a photo that I like to apply a different crop to. And I'm going to select this image. It's called _MG_0990.jpg and I'm going to select it because this is the photo I want to apply a different crop to. You can see this photo is okay but I have his head in the dead center of the photo, and I think it could be improved with a little bit of cropping. So with this image selected I'm going to come over and here and I'm going to make sure that I have the Fix tab active.

Cropping

One of the most common edits you'll be making to your photos is a basic crop of that photo. Despite your best attempt to composing the image on camera, cropping is a great way to improve the composition of a photo even after the shot has been taken. I'm beginning this video with the Elements10 Organizer already open on my computer. I'm going to scroll down in the media browser to find a photo that I like to apply a different crop to. And I'm going to select this image. It's called _MG_0990.jpg and I'm going to select it because this is the photo I want to apply a different crop to. You can see this photo is okay but I have his head in the dead center of the photo, and I think it could be improved with a little bit of cropping. So with this image selected I'm going to come over and here and I'm going to make sure that I have the Fix tab active.

And then I'll come down here to the Crop option and click on it to select it. This is going to open up the Crop dialog box which allows me to make modifciations to this image from a cropping standpoint. Now, there's several different areas in here and what's nice about this feature is that it really guides you through this process. As you can see the first step is to click the Crop icon which we did over here to activate it and the second step is to resize the box on the photo to the desired size. So as you can see we can click on this rectangle to move it around. It's darkening the area of the photo that is going to be cropped away. So the area inside of this rectangle is the part that were going to keep. Now we can drag any one of these handles to really, whatever size we want. But you want to be careful, because if we want to use this image to get prints made, you want to try to maintain the aspect ratio of the print itself. So fortunately, Elements takes care of this problem. If we come over here to the Aspect ratio drop down menu, you'll see that we have several of the common sized photos that you might want to produce one you're finished cropping the image.

And one of the ones that is very useful is the Use Photo Ratio which is the ratio that we're currently set to, that the original photo. We can also choose say four by six or five by seven, depending on what size you're looking for. So I want to get a basic print made, so I'm going to choose the four by six ratio. You can even customize this size, if you come down here and choose custom ratio, you can plug in your own ratio in these fields here. But I'm going to go ahead and change this back to the four by six, and then we can reposition this rectangle the way that we want to crop this image. Now, if you want to zoom in a little bit, down here you have a plus magnifier, so I click that button.

That'll zoom in on my photo. Now I should also point out that you can resize this dialog box to get a better view of the overall image. You can click the minus sign to zoom out on the photo as well. So I'll go ahead and zoom in, just one time, to about 25% so I can get a good view of this. You can also rotate the photo as you're cropping it as well. So if I were to choose rotate left or rotate right, it's going to rotate the entire photo. So, I'll just go ahead and rotate that back to where it was.

So I'm going to position this, I'm going to open up this. And notice that by choosing an aspect ratio, I no longer have the middle handles on this crop area. Because it's being defined for me by this ratio, so that makes things a little bit easier as well. So I'm just going to adjust this until I think it looks good. Now, what we can also do is in the view, we can choose to view before, which is the original, or after, which is, you know with the crop applied.

And then I can choose before and after, which shows me the original, and the after version. So, just a couple choices for you. I'm going to set this back to after. Now what we could do, we could either click the green checkmark or we could click the Apply button. Whichever you choose, and that's going to actually apply the crop to the image. Now if you realize that you made the crop and you really don't care for how you adjusted it. Right here's an Undo button, which makes it really easy to go back to where you were and readjust that crop in a different way. So I'll go ahead and click Apply.

And I think that looks pretty good. I really like the composition here. He's kind of looking into the frame. And I'll go ahead and click Okay and that will apply that crop to the image. And once again, take note that a stack has been created. If I click on this icon here, you can see that this original image has still been retained and the new image has been saved as a copy. So, that's a nice thing about the version sets in Photoshop Elements 10, is that you really are able to always go back to where you started. You're not permanently altering the original.

You have a copy of that image and it's the altered version. So, that's a really nice feature of a lot of the ways that Elements 10 modifies your photos. But especially in the cropping in the cropping then you, you can see that when I make a crop I still have the original but I have the cropped version as well. So, with a little bit of creativity and a little bit of technical know how you can adjust the composition of your image using the crop tool to make your photo look that much better.

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