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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
As you start resizing your own photographs, you'll discover that with certain images all that you'll need to use is the Image Size dialog box. In other situations you may want to use other tools, say, like the Crop tool. And here, let's take a look at how we can straighten this image and also how we can resize it by using the Crop tool. To select the Crop tool, press the C key or click on the tool in the Tools panel. From the top menu over here in the Options Bar, go ahead and click on this pulldown option. What we are going to choose is Size & Resolution.
Here, I am going to define a specific Width, Height, and also Resolution, and this little dialog is really handy, because let's say that what the client needs is kind of a unique crop. Here, I'll go ahead and type that out, 8x6, and then I will give my Resolution of 300 Pixels/Inch. Next, once I've done that I can go ahead and click OK. Well, here you can see that it will change the Crop Ratio in order to appropriately match those dimensions that I've entered in here. Now these aren't correct or if I want to change these, I can go ahead and do so.
In this case, let's say that what I want to do is change my overall height. I'll change this to 4, and you can see that it gives me a different crop dimension. All right. Well, then to crop and resize the image, I just would need to reposition this crop area. Yet I noticed that the image also isn't level. You can see the horizon is tilted. Well, to straighten a picture with the Crop tool, you click on the Straighten icon. Here, I'll go ahead and click and drag across something that I think should be straight. In this case, the horizon line, it will then rotate the crop.
Here, again, it's going to rotate it based on the criteria which I've entered, the Dimensions and also the Resolution. And you can see now that this really fixes things up for me so that I have this nice composition so that I can create this crop which will fit well for the project at hand. In order to apply this crop, all that we need to do is to press Enter or Return or to click on this check box here. That will then apply the crop. Just to double check what we've created here, let's go ahead and navigate to our Image Size dialog.
If you go to Image > Image Size, you can now see that what we have is an image which is 8 inches by 4 inches at 300 Pixels/Inch. So in this situation, you can see how you can use the Crop tool in order to quickly crop, straighten, and resize your photographs.
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