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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
So, you may know that in the Crop tool, there is a great option to instead of delete the pixels to hide the pixels. So let's do that real quick. To get the Crop tool, I press the letter C. I'm going to go ahead and -- before I drag out a crop boundary though, the layer needs to be converted to a layer that supports transparency. So I'm going to double-click on the word Background in the Layers panel and just click OK. The Background layer is special. It can't be deleted. We've converted it to a non-Background layer now. I'll press C for the Crop tool, drag out my crop boundary and position it the way I want it to by clicking inside the boundary and reposition it where I want it.
Then making sure the Cropped Area option is set to Hide instead of the default, Delete. So that's what it is. Now I've clicked on Hide. I'm going to hit the Return key or Enter key. That gives me that flexibility. I'm going to get my Move tool. Press V for Move tool. I can reposition that image within the frame. Okay, but what if I'll actually want to get back all my pixels. I need to make the canvas bigger. I have no idea what the canvas size was in the beginning, but maybe I've opened up this file from someone else. So I just want a real quick way to get all my pixels back.
To do that, just simply go to the Image menu and choose Reveal All. That will automatically make your canvas the document size, large enough to show you all your pixels again. You're back to your original proportion. So when in doubt, when you're really not sure what your final crop is going to be and you want it to be non-destructive, just make sure you choose the Hide option instead of the Delete option for the Crop options. Then you can always get back to where you started from by using Image > Reveal All.
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