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Cropping images

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Cropping images

Cropping is when you get rid of the extra junk around your image, such as we can see here, there's extra parts that are just transparent. But cropping is also about re-framing your image, and maybe telling a different story. Focusing on a different element, if you will, in the composition. So, I have here this toaster oven shot again. We're going to get rid of this stuff. So, we're going to go down, fifth down from the top in the tools panel, and we're going to choose the Crop tool. As soon as we choose the Crop tool, we get this kind of bounding box around the edges here. And all we have to do is click and drag on one of the side points to trim away those pieces, and there's a new feature in Photoshop CS6. It kind of recenters everything as you're scaling.

Cropping images

Cropping is when you get rid of the extra junk around your image, such as we can see here, there's extra parts that are just transparent. But cropping is also about re-framing your image, and maybe telling a different story. Focusing on a different element, if you will, in the composition. So, I have here this toaster oven shot again. We're going to get rid of this stuff. So, we're going to go down, fifth down from the top in the tools panel, and we're going to choose the Crop tool. As soon as we choose the Crop tool, we get this kind of bounding box around the edges here. And all we have to do is click and drag on one of the side points to trim away those pieces, and there's a new feature in Photoshop CS6. It kind of recenters everything as you're scaling.

If you don't like that, you can go up here to the Options bar and click this little sprocket here. These are like the settings, and we could just use Classic Mode, or we could Deselect Auto-center Preview. But I'm just going to leave it as is for now. Now, our first and probably most important order of business is to get rid of of the transparent areas. So, I already kind of did that when I was playing around just now, but I need to do that on the bottom right side and on the upper right side as well. Now technically, we have gotten rid of the junk, we've done the basic job here of cropping.

But while we're here, we have these great guides using the rule of thirds. And that's, we could choose the, to see different guides if we want to, here in the the View dropdown. I'm going to leave this set to rule of thirds for right now. But these rule of thirds allow us to kind of design our shot a little bit better. And it kind of looks like this muffin tin kind of wants to be in the center, at least the horizontal center of this image. So, I can drag this bottom piece and kind of recenter that. So, it's more in the center, and then I can also see now that this muffin tin is off kilter a little bit. It's a little more towards the left, so I could drag this more towards the left and the left side, basically centering this muffin tin in the center a little bit. It's not going to be perfect cuz it's a junky muffin tin. It's probably not even centered with itself, so it's a little bit futile if we just keep trying to do this.

But it's kind of an interesting little image. I may want to even squish this down a little bit more on the top and the bottom to make this image a little bit more wide than tall, make it a little bit more cinematic. This also gets rid of the metallic top of the toaster oven, and also these kind of junky buttons on the right-hand side. So, not only have we gotten rid of this extra stuff, these transparent edges here, but we are also telling a different story. We're re-framing everything and changing our composition, it's pretty exciting.

One thing to be aware of is that there is this option that says Delete Cropped Pixels at the top. So, if this is checked and then we accept this crop, which we'll do this in just a second, it will get rid of everything outside of those boundaries, and it will make a pretty permanent change. What I'm going to do though, is click this to Ddeselect that so it wont delete cropped pixels. And I'll show you what happens when we have this deselected. So, when you enter the Crop Mode, it's kind of like a mode, we need to either cancel by clicking this button to get out of this mode, or we need to accept it by choosing this little check mark.

So I'm going to go ahead and select that check mark to accept it, and there we have it. Now, because I didn't delete the cropped pixels, I can go back to the Move tool for example, and move this image around, and that data is still there. So, I could still move this around a little bit if I want to. Had I chosen Delete Cropped Pixels, then that would not have been there, and these edges would have been hard and fast. So, be aware of that and that is how you crop an image.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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