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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we've resize this image to 5x7.5, I want to finish it off. I want this to be 5x7, so I'll go ahead and click OK, and then I'll select the Crop tool. You'll notice that the Crop tool has some options. We have a Width and a Height. In my case, I'm going to press 7, Tab, 5, Tab and then type in my pixels per inch. Now when I do this one of the things that I need to be careful about is that I start up in the top and drag down, and drag as far as I can.
In other words, I want to make sure that I'm actually resizing this and I'm not cropping into a small area so that it's going to inflate or add pixels to the image, rather it's just going to trim it down. Here you can see that I'm going to need to loose some of the image over here on the right. And now I can click to reposition this wherever I want in order to change the composition. Press Enter or Return or double-click inside of the crop area and now I have an image that has been completely resized to 5x7.
Let's take a look at our Image Size dialog. Go to Image and here we can choose Image Size. And at this juncture, we now successfully have a 5x7 at 300 pixels per inch. Now you may be wondering what I was referring to in regards to extending out the crop. Well, let me talk a little bit about that problem and exaggerate it here. I'm going to go ahead and hit Cancel, and in this case what I'm going to do is make a small crop of just the face here, just the eyes because those eyes are so cute.
If I apply this crop what's going to happen is that it's going to need to stretch this image out in order to be a 5x7. Now, it is a 5x7, but let's go over even further. I'll make a crop even smaller again, and then even smaller, so you get what it's doing. It's just stretching this in order to fit that 5x7 size. So, when you're using the Crop tool, you always just want to be careful that what you're doing is not stretching the image, but rather cropping off anything that's unneeded.
I'll go ahead and step backwards here. And the one way to be sure to do that is to just grab your Crop tool and extend it as far as you can, rather than typically having a smaller crop in order to ensure that you're going in the right direction. It's also one of the reasons why we typically start with the Image Size dialog. Because by starting there we're getting our image to a size that's right in the ballpark, and then we can finish it off with the Crop tool.
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