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Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

Video: Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool

Here we're going to take a look at some new features that are associated with the Crop tool. We'll be working with this portrait that I captured of a family friend just a week ago and the family friend is interested in getting a 5 by 7 print. So what we need to do is to crop and resize this image so that we can create that print. Before we get to working with the Crop tool, let's take a look at the image size. To do that, navigate to the Image pull down menu and then select Image Size to open up the Image Size dialog.

Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool

Here we're going to take a look at some new features that are associated with the Crop tool. We'll be working with this portrait that I captured of a family friend just a week ago and the family friend is interested in getting a 5 by 7 print. So what we need to do is to crop and resize this image so that we can create that print. Before we get to working with the Crop tool, let's take a look at the image size. To do that, navigate to the Image pull down menu and then select Image Size to open up the Image Size dialog.

Here we can see that this image is currently an 8 by 12 at 300 pixels per inch. Well let's explore how we can change the crop and also the size of the file and let's do that by looking at the Crop tool. So here we'll click Cancel. Next select the Crop tool by pressing the C key or by clicking on the Crop tool icon in the Tools panel. Now once we do that, we'll notice something interesting. In the Options bar, we have a new icon, which is this icon here.

If you'll click on it, it will open up our View options. Now we've always had these View options, it's just that in previous versions they were just described by way of words rather than having these little icons as well. This is helpful so that we could then select one of those and then as we crop we can see that overlay show up here. Let me make a few other selections so that you can see the different options. All right. Well, great. Let's move on. The next thing I want to take a look at is this menu here and this is where we're going to see really the big differences.

In the previous version, the Crop tool was a little bit awkward to work with if you wanted to resize your image. You really had to kind of dig down to those options. Well they've elevated that content and they've even added some presets. In other words, we could go ahead and select a 4 by 5 crop at 300 pixels per inch and here it's going to show me how I could then crop the image so it would fit inside of that space. If I want to flip that, we can just click on these arrows here. And what this does is it changes our Crop option to working with this width and height and resolution.

We can then customize this further because as you remember that my family friend wanted this as a 7-inch wide by a 5-inch tall image. So I'll go ahead and type in those numbers and then now I can also include the resolution as well. Let's say that we want to print this at 240 pixels per inch, we can then enter that field there then we can reposition the crop in order to make sure the composition still works for the photograph and I think that looks pretty good and maybe open it up a little bit more, actually bring it down, that might be kind of nice.

I want that curl to fit in. So after having done that you almost always want to turn off this option, Delete Cropped Pixels that allows you to save that other part of the image so that you could always re-crop or compose the image after the fact. After having done that we'll press Enter or Return that will then apply that crop. Here we'll zoom back in on the image a little bit. Now we'll go to the Image and Image Size dialog window. In doing that, we'll see that we now have a 5 by 7 image, which has a resolution of 240 pixels per inch.

So in other words, this new feature with the Crop tool, just allows us to crop and resize much more quickly compared to the previous way of how that tool worked.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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