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Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool

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I can of course crop my image with the Crop tool, and the advantage of the Crop tool is that I get a lot of free-form flexibility; I don't have to just try and lop things off the sides like we saw with Canvas Size. The tricky thing about the Crop tool of course is in this particular case, I want to crop to a very specific size. Fortunately, the Crop tool provides some easy ways of doing that. This is the Crop tool right here. It looks like a Crop tool. You may not know that if you've never worked with an actual real-world analogue practical crop tool, but it does actually look like this.

Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool

I can of course crop my image with the Crop tool, and the advantage of the Crop tool is that I get a lot of free-form flexibility; I don't have to just try and lop things off the sides like we saw with Canvas Size. The tricky thing about the Crop tool of course is in this particular case, I want to crop to a very specific size. Fortunately, the Crop tool provides some easy ways of doing that. This is the Crop tool right here. It looks like a Crop tool. You may not know that if you've never worked with an actual real-world analogue practical crop tool, but it does actually look like this.

In CS6, I have a new cropping interface. I have these handles on the edge of the image that I can drag, and as I drag, my image stays centered in my screen. What's not necessarily obvious to people who are just starting out with the CS6 Crop tool is that I can still actually crop the way that I used to, which is to simply click and drag to define the crop that I want and then refine it from there, still using this center- weighted cropping mechanism that they have introduced.

I'm going to cancel out of this and start over. Whether you're using CS6 or an earlier version, what you want to do with your Crop tool for this case is to actually give it specific dimensions that you want to crop to. So you can see, up top I've got a number of different predefined options. What I want to do is set a size and resolution. Now in previous versions of Photoshop, you may simply see Length, Width, and Resolution all up here in the Control bar.

So I'm going to put in a Width of 10, a Height of 8, and a Resolution of 360. Now, I know ahead of time because I've looked at my pixel dimensions that I have more pixels than I need to get an 8 x 10 at 360. So I know some downsampling is going to occur. I'm fine with that downsampling. It won't degrade my image. But before you head in with the Crop tool, you may want to see by, looking in the Image Size dialog box, if you actually have enough pixels to get the crop and resolution that you want. I'm going to say OK. And now it has gone ahead and set up an 8 x 10 inch crop at the appropriate resolution.

It's taking it right out of the center. So this is actually doing exactly what canvas size did in the last movie. The advantage here is I can think about some of what's going on in the edge. I've got this black bit over here, which I like. It makes a nice frame around this window, but I've also got this little bit of lace over here, and I might want to keep some of it. So I can pick up my crop and drag it around. Now, I can drag it around by simply clicking with the mouse and moving it, but I need to be very careful because if I drag up or down, I will actually introduce this white space down here, so I'm going to undo that.

And instead, I'm going to use the arrow keys. With the arrow keys I can make nice little nudges to my image. So I'm going to nudge the image around a little bit and see. I'm looking at this area over here and keeping an eye on this over here. I think I like that a little bit better. The hands are still mostly in the center. I've still got a little bit of black border there. I'm getting the edge of that lace, which I like better. I think also I like having the hands a little bit to the right. This is kind of a leading edge in the image, because of this window out here, so compositionally, I think it works a little bit better having the hands to the right.

So I'm doing that just with the arrow keys. And then when I'm done I can simply hit the Return key or double-click within the crop to accept the crop. Photoshop thinks about it a little bit and then crops the image. I want to talk about one more thing here in the Crop tool. I'm going to undo that crop and set it back to where I had it before, so I'm going to put it right about in there. And take note of this checkbox up here. This is new in CS6: Delete Cropped Pixels. If I uncheck that and do my crop, Photoshop shows me the crop, just as you would expect.

I can now go off take other tools, do other edits, save the image, print it, do whatever. If I come back to my Crop tool though and decide that I'm not worried about 8 x 10 anymore and I choose to expand this, my original image is still there. So if I uncheck Delete Cropped Pixels, it doesn't actually throw away the pixels that are cropped out. In other words, Photoshop CS6 now supports nondestructive cropping. It only keeps those cropped pixels if I save in Photoshop format.

So I don't want to go save this as a TIFF or a JPEG if I intend to go back to that image and uncrop it later or change its crop later, or if I'm going to save it as a TIFF or a JPEG, I need to be sure that I also save a PSD. So this is a very, very powerful new thing. Obviously, if I don't plan to re-crop later or if I want to deliver a smaller Photoshop document then I should choose Delete Cropped Pixels because that will actually remove the cropped areas from my image, so they won't take up more space.

So that's cropping to a very specific size and resolution, and that's another way that I can get my image sized exactly how I wanted to fit, say, within a particular sized frame or mat.

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Inkjet Printing for Photographers

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  1. 9m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 50s
    2. Exploring why we print
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding what you need for this course
      3m 25s
  2. 13m 29s
    1. Why inkjet printing?
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment
      4m 26s
    3. Discussing considerations for black and white
      1m 48s
    4. Reviewing the features
      2m 39s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Printing and your workflow
      3m 3s
    2. Printing black-and-white photos
      6m 49s
    3. Understanding the histogram
      7m 37s
    4. Understanding what localized adjustments are used for
      2m 38s
    5. Explaining the histogram with a practical example
      6m 51s
    6. Making a localized adjustment in a practical example
      5m 30s
    7. Evaluating a localized adjustment in a practical example
      2m 29s
    8. Refining a localized adjustment for effect
      13m 36s
    9. Making a gradient adjustment
      6m 47s
    10. Paying attention to viewing conditions
      4m 49s
    11. Summing up
      1m 50s
  4. 54m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels, printer dots, and resolution
      2m 44s
    2. Understanding resolution
      2m 33s
    3. Defining resampling and interpolation
      3m 41s
    4. Understanding where resizing fits into your workflow
      2m 12s
    5. Defining native printer resolution
      2m 39s
    6. Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size
      2m 1s
    7. Reducing image size in Photoshop
      9m 11s
    8. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using Canvas Size
      4m 34s
    9. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool
      5m 15s
    10. Enlarging an image in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    11. Creating a triptych
      3m 55s
    12. Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac
      4m 5s
    13. Exploring the aesthetics of print size
      4m 39s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding how sharpening works
      3m 18s
    2. Sharpening in JPEG mode
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring sharpening workflows
      3m 47s
    4. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    5. Looking at noise reduction
      1m 46s
    6. Sharpening output with Smart Sharpen
      11m 52s
    7. Understanding selective sharpening
      4m 25s
    8. Sharpening through an edge mask
      7m 17s
    9. Reviewing high-pass sharpening
      4m 30s
    10. Applying aggressive sharpening
      8m 53s
    11. Exploring advanced sharpening techniques
      9m 7s
    12. Exploring the Print dialog
      11m 35s
    13. Proofing at smaller sizes
      3m 3s
  6. 53m 9s
    1. Exploring how color works
      2m 5s
    2. Reviewing color models
      2m 56s
    3. Defining gamut and color space
      9m 55s
    4. Reviewing when colors go out of gamut
      4m 54s
    5. Configuring Photoshop's color settings
      5m 47s
    6. Changing color space in Camera Raw
      4m 7s
    7. Working in an advanced color space
      6m 13s
    8. Assigning a color space in Photoshop
      2m 20s
    9. Correcting a color image
      9m 17s
    10. Printing a color image
      3m 30s
    11. Evaluating the print
      2m 5s
  7. 34m 46s
    1. What is color management?
      4m 16s
    2. Profiling a monitor
      8m 45s
    3. Evaluating a monitor profile
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring paper profiles
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding soft proofing
      11m 51s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. Understanding how paper quality affects the appearance of black in prints
      3m 26s
    2. Looking at third-party papers
      3m 46s
    3. Looking at paper finish
      3m 44s
    4. Understanding paper traits
      6m 31s
    5. Discussing paper choice and presentation
      7m 6s
  9. 23m 18s
    1. Printing a black-and-white image
      11m 45s
    2. Printing a color image
      11m 33s
  10. 1m 16s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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