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Photoshop CS3 for Photographers covers all the essential techniques a digital photographer needs to master in order to take advantage of Photoshop's possibilities. Instructor Chris Orwig teaches everything from the key elements to the advanced tools of the application, demonstrating how to apply them for the best photographic results in print or online. He also gets into the nitty-gritty of using Photoshop, from working with Camera Raw to finessing a retouch. Exercise files accompany this training.
One of the things I want to show here is a pretty cool feature, and it has to do with the Crop tool. Go ahead and select your Crop tool, and then select a color from your Background color picker. Now, you can do that in your toolbox. If you hover over these two colors, you'll see the front one is foreground, the one in the back is background, and I'm going to select, let's say a real dark deep gray there. Click OK. Now that, that is my background color, I'm going to select my Crop tool, then in the Options bar up top, I'm going to press the Clear button, so I have no width or height or resolution dimensions.
Then click and drag to expand the Crop tool and then I'm going to expand it past my image. And what I'm looking to do here is to increase my document size. Because let's say I want to create a print where I have an image, and then possibly something else over here, some copy. Now, I've created a crop that's larger than the image. I'm going to apply that, voila. I have now expanded my document size and that is pretty cool, because I didn't even have to do that by going to my Canvas Size dialog window. I could do it in a real visual way.
Let's undo that, Cmd + Z, and let's say we need to get something a little bit more specific. What I want to do is print this image on an 8 x 10 piece of paper so, I'm going to go 10 x 8, and I'm going to go 240 pixels per inch. Now, here's my Crop tool. Now, this is going to give me the proportions, so that I can print this at 8 x 10 and I double-click the Crop tool. And now we can see that this image, if we open up our Image Size dialog window, is sitting inside of an 8 x 10 document, and that's pretty cool.
It's a nice way to resize our document. Whatever color you choose as your background color, will be the color by default that you see there when you expand your crop. Okay, let's undo that one, Cmd + Z. Let's look at another technique for cropping our images. Of course, we can use the Crop tool. We can also use our Marquee Selection tool. Shortcut, M, or it's the second in the toolbox there. Go ahead and select it, and what I want to do is I just want to get a little bit of a tighter crop on this. I want just the lamppost, and sign down here. So I'm clicking and dragging to create a selection. I can then move that selection around, either with my arrow keys or by picking up with my cursor and moving it around. Now, once I have a really good selection-- I'm going to double-click the Hand tool so I can actually see this. So, yeah, you know that's a pretty good selection for what I want to do. I can then go to Image > Crop and it's going to crop this image based on the selection I made with my Marquee Tool. Go ahead and select Crop. Then I want to deselect by going to Select > Deselect, or the shortcut Cmd/Ctrl + D. Double-click the hand tool, so it fits it in view, and that is pretty cool.
And yet, another way to crop our image, and now it has become something that's completely different. One of the things that I like to do when I have taken an image to this point is I like to press Tab to get rid of my toolbox and palettes, and then press F. Go to that full-screen view mode, and just take a look at the image itself without all the clutter of everything else, and it will help you determine if you're going in a good direction. Alright, well, that wraps up this one. I look forward to seeing you in the next one.
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