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There is actually a hidden feature of the Crop tool that allows you to hide the content instead of deleting it. The problem is that most images you open in Photoshop have a Background layer and in order to hide pixels you would have to be able to have transparency, which the Background layer cannot have. So, to take advantage of the Hide tool, you have to covert your Background layer first. Let me show you what I mean. If I do the Crop tool and drag out a crop boundary, you will see that this option of Cropped Area Delete versus Hide is unavailable to me. It's grayed out and that's because we were working on that background layer. So I'm going to hit Escape to cancel that. Then if I Option+double-click or Alt+double-click on the Background layer that just converts it to a regular layer that can support transparency.
So, let's get our Crop tool again and we'll drag out a crop boundary. Now that we have a crop boundary on a non- background layer, I can choose the Hide option. And what that's going to do is just instead of deleting these extra pixels, it's just going to make the canvas size smaller but still keep that image data around. This is nice of you are unsure, you are not commit to deleting these actual pixels. I'm going to hit Return. But those pixels, while they look gone, are still there. If I get my Move tool, V for the Move tool, I can still reposition the image around inside that new cropped rectangle.
So, it's just a nice way to still get the illusion of the crop but not actually delete those pixels. In case you need to change your mind and reposition the image within that smaller canvas size.
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