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Crop tool presets

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Crop tool presets

In this exercise, we're going to take a look at the Crop tool presets, which are predefined aspect ratios like 4x5 and 5x7 that kind of thing. You cannot only select from these presets, but you can modify them and create your own. I'm looking at an image called Children of the river.jpg found inside the 06_crop_straight folder. This is an image I shot of my kids, going on a couple of years ago. Now that I converted over to black and white, but it's extremely vertical. I was using a panoramic LICEA camera, but obviously I was taking a portrait shot with it.

Crop tool presets

In this exercise, we're going to take a look at the Crop tool presets, which are predefined aspect ratios like 4x5 and 5x7 that kind of thing. You cannot only select from these presets, but you can modify them and create your own. I'm looking at an image called Children of the river.jpg found inside the 06_crop_straight folder. This is an image I shot of my kids, going on a couple of years ago. Now that I converted over to black and white, but it's extremely vertical. I was using a panoramic LICEA camera, but obviously I was taking a portrait shot with it.

I'm going to want to crop a lot of the stuff down towards the bottom of the image potentially out. I'm not sure actually what I want to do. But I wanted to fit inside of the fairly standard aspect ratio. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my Crop tool, which you can do it by pressing the C key. Then notice this down pointing arrowhead next to the Crop icon in the Options bar, this arrowhead provides you with access to tool presets for many of the tools inside of Photoshop, not all of them ship with presets, but you can create presets for just about every one of them.

So I'm going to start things off by trying out 4x6. What the heck? Notice as soon as I click on 4x6, it goes ahead and populates these numeric options here. Not surprisingly with a Width value of 4 inches, the Height value of 6 inches and in this case, the Resolution of 300. Then I would just go ahead and drag around the portion of the image I want to retain. And I'm saying well, that's not quite right, because if I'm going to do this kind of crop, I'm either going to lose Max's head like so or I'm going to lose part of Sammy's feet and neither of those solutions really work for me.

Notice you can't change it. So again, you're in this limited Crop tool mode, and you can't get to certain features inside of Photoshop including some features that affect the Crop tool itself. All right, so you have to either click this little Ghostbusters icon if you want to switch to a different aspect ratio or you press the Escape key, which is what I did just now. All right. Let's try out a different preset like 5x7. What the heck? And then to accept that, if you want to get rid of that panel, you press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac and you drag again.

This time, I have cropped off more of Sammy's feet, but at least it looks deliberate this time around. Well, still not what I want. So I'm going to press the Escape key, and let's try out some different settings. For example, I can click this little double arrow icon. If I wanted to go for a horizontally formatted image, I can click this double arrow icon to Swap the Width and Height values. Then I could change one of these values. Now for example, let's say I want 6 inches of width. If I type 6, and then press the Tab key, notice it's going to change to pixels, which is absolutely going to ruin everything.

You're only going to have 6 pixels Width along with 5 inches of Height. That's going to be pretty bad news. You don't want that. That's a function of having change to your default units to pixels, which is generally a good thing. One of the only times it proves to be disadvantageous is with the Crop tool. All you got to do though is enter in, so just 6 in and you're fine, by 5 inches like so. Drag around again, in order to crop the image and then at this point, we can go ahead and accept this modification if we wanted to or we could of course further modify it.

Anyway, I press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that crop. Actually, I think it looks pretty good. There is just one additional change I want to make, and that's the Resolution value. I have this dye-sub printer that has a mechanical resolution. The actual Resolution of the printer is 316 pixels per inch. So I'm going to go ahead and match that by pressing Control+Z, Command+Z on the Mac and let's change this value to 316 like so. And then I will drag a new crop boundary around this image.

Notice that Photoshop goes ahead and auto scrolls for me, meaning that it scrolls the Image window to keep up with my drag, if I drag outside the Image window. It's actually little more sensitive than it used to be. It used to go flying on you, but now it does a pretty good job of tracking your movements. Let's zoom out though and see if we've got this cropped pretty well. I like this amount of headroom around Max. I'm trying to kind of match the amount of room above his head to that to the left of his elbow. So I might take it down a little bit again. You can do that by pressing the Down Arrow key in this case on the keyboard.

That looks pretty good. I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to go ahead and apply that crop. Now you can see that the image got slightly smaller. This was before. Let me see if we can match that detail, that's before, and of I press Control+Z again, or Command+Z on the Mac, that's after. So it's just a tiny bit of down sampling. You generally want that when you're working with the Crop tool. If you're going be re-sampling the image as you are, if you define specific Width, Height and Resolution values, then you typically want to down sample the image. If you don't want resample the image at all, incidentally you just delete the Resolution value and leave the Width and Height values in place in some print unit of measure such as inches or centimeters.

Don't go with pixels that will once again resample the image. All right! Now let's say I want to go ahead and save this fabulous preset after I get done zooming in on my fabulous children here. How would I do that? Well, I go up to this little tools icon right there. It's a little screwdriver and wrench. I would click on it in order to bring up the tool Presets panel. I can also choose tool Presets from the bottom of the Window menu here. Anyway, I'm going to make my tool Presets panel larger, a little bit bigger by dragging the top of it upward and then I am going to a save a new preset by clicking on this New button.

That'll bring up this dialog box. It's even smart enough to call it Crop tool, but for some reason it's not smart enough to go ahead and stick with the same naming convention that Adobe has already been using. So I'm going to manually stick with that convention, by deleting the word tool and expanding the inch to inches like so. Then notice it gives me a 1. There is no sense in that. Let's say 316 ppi. Then we're matching everything, so far as I can see here and I'll click OK.

There is my new Crop tool Preset, awesome. I'll go ahead and hide the panel. Now I'll go down here to this drop-down menu and you can see that I have a new preset ready to go inside the list. So I can call on it again and again. Two other things I want you to notice. Up here in the Options bar, you can lift the settings from the front image if you want to just by clicking on Front Image, so that allows you to crop one image to match another. Then if you don't want the Presets anymore, you click on the Clear button and they all go away.

Now you can draw the free-form crops once again using the Crop tool.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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