Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping the image and cleaning up mask edges, part of Portrait Project: Changing a Background for Dramatic Effect.
…In this movie we'll be taking a look at two different things.…First we'll talk about how we can use…the Crop tool to crop and recompose our composition.…We'll also talk about how we can work on the mask for…the subject here, in order to clean up some of those edge details.…Let's begin by talking about cropping.…To select the Crop tool, tap the c key on your keyboard.…That's an easy shortcut to remember, c, for cropping, or just click on the Crop…tool icon.…Next, you want to make sure to turn off the check box for Delete Cropped Pixels.…
What this will do is it will allow you to change your mind after the fact.…So I almost always like to leave that check box turned off.…Next we can position our cursor over the edge of…one of these lines here, and then just click and drag.…And here what I'm going to do is just tighten this up a little bit.…I'm going to click and drag these outer edges in a bit here.…In doing this, we can change the overall composition and look of the photograph.…Now sometimes you'll need to do this.…
- Combining multiple exposures in one Photoshop file
- Selecting and removing the subject from the background
- Using masking to combine images together
- Improving color, details, and tone