Cropping an Image

Cropping an Image

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Crop an Image in Photoshop



Image cropping allows you to reframe your subject and create stronger and more powerful images.

In this topic we will crop an image in two different ways. If you use the second method and leave the size and resolution blank, you will get the same results as the marquee method.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open...).

Step Two

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool and click-drag to select the new framed area.

Step Three

Choose Image > Crop. This method resizes the image and retains the image resolution.

Step Four

A second method allows you to alter the size and resolution. Starting with your original image, select the Crop tool.

Step Five

In the Crop tool options, pull-down menu, choose Size and Resolution. Set the Width, Height and Resolution and press OK.

If you wanted the image to be 8 inches wide, you would type 8 in. To set the dimension to pixels, type the dimension plus px.

Step Six

Move the selection if necessary and press Enter of Return to apply your crop.

Step Seven

Another way to use the Crop tool is to click the Crop tool and drag a selection.

Step Eight

You can move or rotate the selection by click-dragging the handles and corners. Press Enter or Return to crop your image.

Interpolation Methods

The interpolation method for resizing is set the the Preferences > General section. For enlarging, use Bicubic Smoother. For reductions, use Bicubic Sharper.

Crop Tool Units

The Crop tool dimensions are set in the Preferences > Units & Rulers dialog. If you want to set you image to a specific size in inches, make sure the preferences are set to inches.

Crop Straighten Option

The Crop tool options include a handy straighten feature. To straighten an image, click the Straighten icon in the tool options and click-drag along a line in the image that should be either horizontal or vertical and press Enter.


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