Step 5: Crop Image

While it is possible to crop an image by using the Rectangular Marquee tool, many more options are available when using the Crop tool. One of the challenges of cropping an image is to show what you want to show while having the correct height and width ratio for your intended output. If you intend to print a folder of images as 4" x 6" prints, you need to crop with a 4 to 6 width-to-height ratio. As this action has been created to make Web images where the longest side is 640 pixels, it will create a 640 x 480 image — a standard Web page image size.

■ The action will automatically place a crop marquee on the image with 640 x 480 proportions.

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■ Click on the handles in the corners of the selection marquee to adjust the selection size. To center the butterfly in the selection marquee, you can click inside the marquee box and drag it to where you want it, as shown in Figure 7.8.You can also increase or decrease the size of the selection marquee box by clicking one of the four handles and dragging them until it is sized as you want. For more precise position of the selection marquee box, you can press the Up, Down, Right, and Left arrow keys to move the selection marquee box one pixel at a time. To move the box 10 pixels at a time, press and hold the Shift key while pressing the arrow keys.

■ After the selection marquee box is as you want it, click the Commit Current Crop Operation icon in the Options bar. The action will then continue.

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