There are a variety of reasons that you might want to crop your image. Your image might not be at the correct aspect ratio, or there might be elements or areas of your image that you don't want to include. In this image for example, I had to put so many neutral Density Filters on top of my lens, in order to slow down my exposure, so that I could get this effect with the waterfall. That you can actually see those neutral density filters. So we need to remove those. In order to select the Crop Tool, we can either tap the C key or we could select the Crop Tool from our toolbar. When you select the Crop Tool, you automatically get a crop mark key around the entire image.
But you can also position your cursor anywhere inside the image, and Click and Drag out a marquee. Let's go ahead and tap the Escape key, to escape for a moment. Because I want to show you, that if you do start changing the size of the marquee as opposed to drawing your own first, then, of course, you can no longer do that. I can't just come anywhere in my image, and start the marquee. But of course, I can change the marquee by Clicking and Dragging on any of the handles, either on the corner points, or on the center.
And then, I can reposition my image within the marquee, by Clicking and Dragging. If I want to select a specific aspect ratio, I could do that at any time, by Clicking and selecting that Aspect Ratio from the menu. Or I can choose a specific width, height, and resolution, and there are a number of presets here, but I could also enter my own, and then create a new crop preset. For now I'll just select 4 by 5. Now because the aspect ratio is 4 by 5 and not 5 by 4, Photoshop automatically drew a vertical crop.
But I can quickly change that by either tapping the X key, or by Clicking on these double arrows right here. Then in order to Resize, I'll just select the Handles and Drag them out. There are a number of different overlays, the rules of third, et cetera, which can aid me for cropping my composition. You'll notice that the O key will cycle me through these overlays. So, if I simply release my mouse there, and then tap the O key, we'll go ahead and cycle through these. Now you'll also notice that there's an option to Auto Show the Overlay, or Always Show the Overlay, or never show it.
I prefer the Auto Show Overlay, otherwise the overlay is always there. If I choose Auto Show, you'll notice the overlay was hidden. But if I start to Resize the crop marquee, the overlay is then displayed. As soon as I let go, then Photoshop automatically hides that overlay. If I want to hide the area, that I'm going to crop, this area here outside of the Crop Marquee, I can tap the H key to hide it, and then tap the H key again to toggle it back on. If I wanted to cancel out of my Crop, I could click on the Cancel button or tap the Escape key.
If I want to apply the crop, I can click on the Checkmark, or tap the Return or Enter key. You'll notice that after applying the crop, the crop marquee is hidden by default. If I want to crop, I will need to Click and Drag out another crop marquee, or I could just switch tools. Had I swapped to say the Marquee Tool and then come back to the Crop Tool, then I would automatically get that crop marquee around the entire image. If I want to clear the aspect ratio here, I could go ahead and Click on the Clear Button.
Then, let's go ahead and load them up again. In this case, I'll just choose one to one, because I want to show you that if I Click on this icon right here, It will clear out not only the Aspect Ratio, but it will also put the crop back so that it surrounds the entire image. So if you want to just kind of reset it, you want to clear out all the settings and reset the crop without exiting out of the crop, that's the icon that you want to click. So there you have it. The Crop Tool makes it easier than ever to crop down to the image that you want to keep, and throw away any distracting elements.
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