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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to 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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