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There are a variety of different reasons that you might want to crop your image. Your image might not be at the correct aspect ratio that you want to print, for example, or you might only want to use a portion of your image. In order to select the Crop tool, we'll tap the C key. Once I've selected the Crop tool in CS6, you'll notice that we automatically get crop handles on the sides, as well as along the corner areas of the image. I can either click on any of these handles and start dragging or I can simply click anywhere in my image to drag out a crop marquee.
By default, I can reposition this crop marquee in any way that I want, by either dragging on the center handles or by clicking and dragging one of the corner handles, and that's because my crop is unconstrained. If I need to constrain my crop to a specific aspect ratio, I can select from any of the presets here on the list or I could enter in my own values. If I enter in my own values, I can even save those out as presets if I use those options a lot.
For now, we'll select 4 x 3. If I've got a horizontal crop and I want to quickly flip it to a vertical crop, or vice versa, I can use this icon right here to rotate the crop, or I can just tap the X key to exchange the crop vertical to horizontal. There are a variety of different overlays that I can also view. Right now I've got the Rule of Thirds displayed, but I can choose between a grid or any of these additional options.
And you'll notice down here that I can cycle through these different overlays by simply tapping the O key. So if tap O again, you can watch as we cycle through. I'll go ahead and leave it for now to the Rule of Thirds. There is an additional option in this dropdown menu. You'll notice that right now we have got it set by default to always show the overlay. You can also turn this off if you want, but the option that I like is the Autoshow Overlay. You will notice that right now I don't have the Overlay when I don't have my mouse down.
But as soon as I start dragging to reposition the crop, I get that overlay. As soon as I let go, the overlay automatically disappears. If I didn't like this crop and I wanted to escape out of it, I could tap the Escape key or I could click on this icon in order to cancel the crop. If I am happy with the crop that I've made, then I can click the check mark right here or tap the Enter or the Return key in order to apply that crop. Even after I've applied the crop, you'll notice that I still have the crop marquee surrounding my image.
If I want to get rid of that or hide that, I can just switch to another tool. Since it's still up, you'll notice I could also go in and change my crop at any time. If I decide that I want to clear the aspect ratio, I can use this first icon right here. It basically just clears out all of my settings in the Options bar so that now I can freely drag the crop to any aspect ratio, to just select the area that I want to be revealed in the final image.
Finally, because we already applied the crop one time, I just want to show you that if I hit the Cancel option right now, we're not going to go back to my original image; we're going to go back to the crop setting as it was when I started this secondary crop session. So we don't see the full horizontal image, because I already applied that crop. When I hit Cancel, all we went back to was that state where I started messing with the crop the second time around.
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