Draw your crop from below and to the left of the Moose, up toward the upper-right corner of the image. This places the Moose in a better (out-of-center) position visually.

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Notice that the crop area is going to be constrained to the 4-x-3-inch ratio you designated. Also notice that after you release the mouse (after you've drawn the initial crop area), by default the portion of the image outside the crop darkens with a black screen (shield) to help you visualize what the final crop will look like.

Note: After you have made a crop selection, you can change the color and transparency of (or even deactivate) the crop shield using the Crop tool's Options bar.

4 If necessary, click and drag within the crop margin to relocate the cropped area.

You can also click and drag on any side to adjust the dimensions of the cropped area.

5 Press the Enter key to apply the crop.

The cropped-out portion of the image disappears.

6 Choose ImageoImage Size to view the image's dimensions and linear resolution in the Image Size dialog box.

Notice that the image is a perfect 4 x 3 inches at a 300ppi resolution.

O Choose FiltersoSharpeno Unsharp Mask to access the Unsharp Mask dialog box.

Applying Unsharp Mask helps compensate for some of the softening that invariably occurs during resampling. Note: SmartSharpen can work here as well.

8 Set the Amount field in the Unsharp Mask dialog box to 100 percent, the Radius to 1.0 pixels and the Threshold to 0.

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