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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use the Crop tool when we're really thinking about our final output. Let's see with this particular portrait here of yet another professional surfer. I really like the image, but what I want to do is improve the composition, but I also know that client's going to need this image in a particular dimension. So we can use the Crop tool to really change our overall dimensions. Let me show you what I mean. We'll go ahead and click on the Crop tool, and I'm going to click and hold on this and then select Normal, just to make sure I am going to apply a Normal Crop, and I'll click and drag across the image here.
Then I'll hold down the Shift Key, and I'll click and drag this and again, I'm just looking to try to improve the composition here initially, rotate this a little bit and just reposition this a touch more and then press Enter or Return. All right. Well now the photograph feels a little bit more prominent, feels a little bit stronger in regards to a marketing perspective. Now what I want to do is take a look at how it can create perhaps a custom crop. Well if we press the C key to reactivate our Crop tool, we can either right-click or Control+Click on this area and choose Custom, or we can do the same thing by clicking on the Crop tool up top and then by selecting Custom here.
Now what we can do is choose a particular Custom Crop Ratio. We also have a few other options here, say, for example, Pixels or Inches. Now when we select Pixels, what we can do is say you know what, we want to have a particular Pixel dimension, or for that matter we can go to our inches as well. Now with Inches what I know I need to do is have an image which is 4 Inches across by 5 Inches tall. I'll go ahead and click OK. Now once I've done that it's going to then change my Crop to give me something which will fit in this 4 x 5 area.
Well now that I see this, I realize the Crop is a little bit too tight. Hold down the Shift Key. Click on these corner points to expand them a touch more. I need just a little bit more breathing room right here just to make this image looked a little bit nicer. You'll also notice that has changed my workflow options. Take a look down below. Here we can see our bit depth and whatnot, now this image is 4 by 5 inches, and we also have our resolution here. All right. Well, at this point press Enter or Return to apply that crop and if we were to simply open this image up inside of Photoshop, it would now open up as an image at 4" x 5" at 240 pixels per inch.
So as you can see here, you can use this Crop tool to really speed up your overall workflow, especially when it comes to resizing our photographs.
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