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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
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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