Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video The new and improved Crop tool, part of Photoshop CC 2013 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
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In this movie I'll show you how to assign a non-destructive crop using the Crop tool. By which I mean, we'll hide the cropped pixels as opposed to permanently deleting them. You get to the Crop tool by clicking on this fifth tool down or you can press the C key. And then, you'll see a crop boundary surrounding the entire image. If you don't see that crop boundary, then press Control+0 or Command+0 on a Mac, to fit the image inside the screen. And that'll give you a little leeway. So that this dash crop boundary is entirely visible. Now you can modify the boundary in a couple of different ways. One way is to drag the existing handles.
Either the corner handles, as you see me doing now or you can drag a side handle if you like or you can drag a top or bottom handle. Another way to work, is to draw a crop boundary from scratch. And you do that, by pressing the escape key for starters In order to cancel the previous crop and then you just go ahead and drag inside the image in order to create a free form crop boundary like so. You can also drag the image inside that boundary as much as you like. Now, at this point, assuming you like what you see, you have three different ways to apply the crop, and I'll let you choose the one that you like best. One is to click on a checkmark, up here in the options bar, the other option is to press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. And the final trick is to double-click inside the cropped boundary like so. Now, even though I promised to show you how to assign a non-destructive crop using the Crop tool, that's not what I've done so far. I just permanently deleted the pixels.
And I know that's I've done because I've got this background item here inside the layers panel. And the background invariably is only as big as it appears here inside the canvas which is the physical boundary Of the image. And I'll explain what I mean by that in a little more detail in a moment. But in order to apply a non destructive crop, you need to press Control+Z, or Command +Z on a Mac, to undo that change. And you need to turn off this check mark.
Delete cropped pixels now its impossible to know what the default behavior of this option is going to be because Adobe keeps changing its collective mind. Its turned on in this particular version of the software that I'm using but it really ought to be turned off. So in any case, make sure that the check mark is turned off. You don't delete the crop pixels. And then go ahead and draw a new crop boundary like so. And modify it as much as you like. Even dragging the image inside the crop boundary.
And now what's going to happen by the way, is that we're going to keep this entire image. So the image size of this particular layer will remain unmodified. And what we're seeing as the crop boundary will become our new canvas size. And I'll make that happen by pressing the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac. And notice now that we automatically have an independent layer. Which is telling me that the original image is unharmed. I'm going to go ahead and rename that layer cropped guy like so.
And now, I can go ahead and select the Move tool at the top of the toolbox here. And then I can drag the unharmed image, inside of the canvas. So, in other words, I'll go ahead and zoom out here because I want you to understand this concept. If I were to press the Control key, or the Command key on the Mac and click on this layer's thumb nails like so. That's going to show us the size of this layer. That's the image size for this specific layer. Meanwhile the portion of the image that we can see is known as the canvass size.
And the fact that we have the image size that is that larger than the canvass size is what Adobe internally calls. Big layer, so the idea is that any layer can actually be larger than what we're seeing at any given time. Alright, I'll go ahead and press Control+D or Command+D on a Mac to deselect the image. And then, I can drag the image around with a Move tool, as much as I like, to frame it perfectly inside the canvas. And that's how you assign a nondestructive crop using the Crop tool here inside Photoshop.
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