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Cropping and resizing images

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Video: Cropping and resizing images

As you continue to work with photographic images inside of Photoshop, you're undoubtedly going to need to resize and crop images for your web site designs. A lot times we're bringing in photographs that we've taken with a digital camera and they're simply too big to display on the web. So in this movie, I'm going to walk you through a couple of my techniques for cropping and resizing images as well. Let's tackle cropping first. In Photoshop CS6, they have an all-new Crop tool. You can access that by finding the Crop tool in the toolbar or simply by pressing the letter C on your keyboard. Once you press the letter C, you're automatically going to get cropping handles all the way around the outside of the document.

Cropping and resizing images

As you continue to work with photographic images inside of Photoshop, you're undoubtedly going to need to resize and crop images for your web site designs. A lot times we're bringing in photographs that we've taken with a digital camera and they're simply too big to display on the web. So in this movie, I'm going to walk you through a couple of my techniques for cropping and resizing images as well. Let's tackle cropping first. In Photoshop CS6, they have an all-new Crop tool. You can access that by finding the Crop tool in the toolbar or simply by pressing the letter C on your keyboard. Once you press the letter C, you're automatically going to get cropping handles all the way around the outside of the document.

You can simply just click and drag to crop them and the image sort of moves along with you. The Crop tool is very fluid now, and I actually like it a lot better than the old Crop tool. So you just kind of maneuver this around and place it wherever you need it to go, just like so. Also new is this checkbox at the top called Delete Cropped Pixels. When this is checked, that means that as soon as I commit to this crop, the pixels around the outside of it are gone. However, if I uncheck this box and hit Enter, I didn't actually remove any pixels from the image at all.

In fact, if I were to start cropping this again and I drag this handle out to the left, notice the portions of the original image are still there. This is great because if I ever made a mistake-- like accidentally chopping off the head of the robot for instance, like this--I can always get back to that simply by dragging the Crop tool back up and making that adjustment. So let's continue. Let's crop this up, just like this. I'll crop it in a little bit on the side, and I'll hit Enter to commit.

Once I'm done with that, I'll switch to my Move tool to deactivate the crop around the outside, and now I'm ready to resize this image. If you look at it right now, I'm looking at it at 33.33%. That means it's zoomed out really far. If I hit Command+1 or Ctrl+1 on my keyboard, you're going to see just how big this object is. If I want to see the true image size, I can go up to the Image menu and choose Image Size and it'll give me the exact pixel dimensions of the document. In this case, it's 1050 x 1210 after I cropped it down.

So if I want to change this to something like 400 pixels wide, that's going to make it 461 pixels tall. And I'll simply hit OK. Going down in size is always easier than going up. Let me undo that and go back into the Image Size dialog box to show you a little something. When you're resizing images, you want to make sure that you try to go down as much possible, as opposed to going up. Going up tries to create pixel data where there is no pixel data, so you wind up with artifacts and pixelations and things that really make your photos look nasty.

But if you go from a large image to a smaller image, chances are you're going to maintain that quality, because you're not actually trying to create data where data doesn't exist; you're simply getting rid of data that you don't need anymore. At the bottom of the Photoshop Image Size dialog box, there is something for the resampling algorithm. You can choose which one of these you're using, based upon the action that you're about to perform. And you'll see here they have in parentheses a guide to tell you exactly what it's best for. For instance, Bicubic, (best for smooth gradients); Bicubic Smoother, (best for enlarging photos); Bicubic Sharper, (best for reductions).

So if you're trying to reduce the size of your image, you might want to try Bicubic Sharper. In this case, I'll choose Bicubic Sharper and I'll go with 450 pixels. Then I'll hit OK, and there's my newly resized image, just like that. If I want to take this file now and place it into another document, I can do that simply by selecting it all and then copying and pasting, or I could save this and then place it into the document using any number of the File > Place methods that we have available to us. So as you start to aggregate your content to put into your web site design, whether it be photographs, logos, PDFs, whatever it may be, take some time to learn how to utilize the crop and resizing tools inside of Photoshop to make it a little bit easier on yourself when you start assembling your final composition.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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