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The altogether revamped Crop tool

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Video: The altogether revamped Crop tool

Regardless of who you are, whether you're a photographer or a designer or what have you, you need to be able to crop and straighten images inside Photoshop. That hasn't always been the best experience inside the program. You don't really get great feedback, sometimes you end up deleting pixels, oftentimes you're better off cropping inside of Camera RAW. Well, not anymore. Adobe has completely reengineered the Crop tool in a way that I think is going to fairly amaze you. Notice I'm working inside of a flat image, so I've got this single background item in the Layers panel.

The altogether revamped Crop tool

Regardless of who you are, whether you're a photographer or a designer or what have you, you need to be able to crop and straighten images inside Photoshop. That hasn't always been the best experience inside the program. You don't really get great feedback, sometimes you end up deleting pixels, oftentimes you're better off cropping inside of Camera RAW. Well, not anymore. Adobe has completely reengineered the Crop tool in a way that I think is going to fairly amaze you. Notice I'm working inside of a flat image, so I've got this single background item in the Layers panel.

I'm going to switch over to the Crop tool, which you can still get by pressing the C key. Now, I can set about immediately dragging inside the image as I would have in the pas,t in order to establish a base crop boundary, but I already have one available to me here. You can see it's surrounding the perimeter of the image. So, I'm just going to go ahead and drag it and notice that Photoshop is giving me this amazing feedback on the fly, so that I know exactly what my crop is going to look like. Also, Photoshop is going to apply a nondestructive crop by default.

So, notice up here in the Options bar, we've got this checkbox, Delete Cropped Pixels. You can turn it on if you want those pixels to go away permanently. Chances are good though that you'll want to leave it off, so that you keep those pixels. Now, notice that this image is crooked and what I'd normally do is drag outside the crop boundary in order to rotate the boundary. Now, when I drag outside the boundary I rotate the image so I can see if I have the degree of rotation right. And if I don't, after I release, if it still looks a little bit crooked I can continue to modify and get that real-time feedback.

Now, at this point I'm going to tug down a little bit just to expose a little more of that rock down at the base of the image. Let's say about here, I like what I see and I'll go ahead and press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to apply that crop. Now, in the old days you would see the cropped damage and you might like it or you might not. If you didn't like the crop that you achieved, then you would probably go up to the Edit menu and choose the Undo command. The problem with undoing a crop though was that you had to start from scratch. You weren't presented with your previous crop boundary at any point in time.

Now, you don't need to undo at all. You are presented with your previous crop boundary. There it is, and if you want to modify it just set about modifying it some more while the Crop tool is selected, and then, again, press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to accept that change. All right, notice over here in Layers panel, I now have a floating layer, so all of my cropped pixels are still part of this image. I'm going to go ahead and switch over to the Move tool, so that we can see the benefit is that I can drag this guy around inside of the crop boundary to get him exactly where I want him to be. All right! Let's take a look at another approach.

Let's say we just want to straighten the image. I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose the Revert command in order to restore the original flat image. Couple of different ways to work. You can still go ahead and grab that Ruler tool as in the old days and you can drag along the horizon like so and then you can go ahead and click on the Straighten layer button. So that's one approach, and it is a nondestructive modification and it works in tandem with the Crop tool. So, if I now select the Crop tool I can see that crop boundary and I can go ahead and modify it as desired like so.

Or yet another approach. I'll go ahead and press the Esc key, go up to the File menu, choose Revert. Another way to work is to select the Crop tool and then go up to the Options Bar and select the Straighten tool, which works just like the Ruler tool actually and drag along that horizon and then just release, and when you release Photoshop goes ahead and automatically straightens that image for you. All right! I'll go ahead and crop this guy just a little tighter and then press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to apply my change and go ahead and zoom on in. And that's how you work with a new nondestructive, better feedback Crop tool here inside Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 37s
  2. 2h 27m
    1. The secrets of the dark interface
      3m 55s
    2. Background and Auto-Save
      3m 22s
    3. The altogether revamped Crop tool
      4m 0s
    4. The consolidated Properties panel
      3m 58s
    5. The searchable Layers panel
      5m 2s
    6. Modifying multiple layers at a time
      4m 50s
    7. The wide world of layer enhancements
      6m 48s
    8. Content-Aware Move and Extend
      6m 16s
    9. Content-Aware Patch
      3m 14s
    10. Auto-Power color adjustments
      6m 3s
    11. The brave new world of Camera Raw 7
      6m 16s
    12. The new three-part Blur Gallery
      8m 9s
    13. The Adaptive Wide-Angle filter
      7m 7s
    14. Correcting wide-angle panoramas
      7m 14s
    15. Text enhancements & styles
      4m 48s
    16. Filling & stroking shape layers
      4m 37s
    17. Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
      4m 17s
    18. Working with the Scripted Patterns
      3m 32s
    19. Erodible brush tips & airbrushes
      5m 44s
    20. The enhanced Liquify filter
      4m 20s
    21. The new Oil Paint filter
      4m 10s
    22. Selecting skin tones and faces
      5m 11s
    23. The new Lighting Effects filter
      6m 29s
    24. Editing videos in the Timeline panel
      10m 16s
    25. Making editable 3D type
      8m 8s
    26. 3D shadows and reflections
      6m 35s
    27. Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
      3m 0s
  3. 50m 34s
    1. Introducing the first Photoshop Creative Cloud update
      1m 36s
    2. Liquify and Blur Gallery support Smart Objects
      8m 42s
    3. Creating conditional actions
      9m 51s
    4. Moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly
      3m 32s
    5. Autonaming merged layers
      4m 42s
    6. Creating global default type styles
      4m 57s
    7. Copying CSS code from specialty layers
      4m 54s
    8. Enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit bit color
      6m 42s
    9. The new default 3D image-based light
      5m 38s
  4. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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