Straightening and cropping an image

You'll use the crop tool to trim and scale the photograph for this lesson so that it fits the space designed for it. You can use either the crop tool or the Crop command to crop an image.

You can decide whether to delete or discard the area outside of a rectangular selection, or whether to hide the area outside of the selection. In ImageReady, the Hide option is useful when creating animations with elements that move from off-screen into the live image area.

1 In the toolbox, select the crop tool ( (.). Then, in the tool options bar (at the top of the work area), enter the dimensions (in inches) of the finished image: For Width, type 2 and for Height type 3.

Note: If you are working in ImageReady, select the Fixed Size option in the tool options bar before entering the dimensions.

2 Draw a marquee around the image. Don't worry about whether or not the entire image is included, because you'll adjust the marquee size later.

As you drag, the marquee retains the same proportion as the dimensions you specified for the target size (2 x 3).

When you release the mouse button, a cropping shield covers the area outside the cropping selection, and the tool options bar now displays choices about the cropping shield.

3 In the tool options bar, make sure that the Perspective check box is not selected.

4 In the image window, move the pointer outside the crop marquee, so that it appears as a curved double arrow (*}.). Drag clockwise to rotate the marquee until it is parallel with the edges of the pictured window frame.

5 Place the pointer inside the crop marquee, and drag the marquee until it contains all the parts of the picture you want shown to produce an artistically pleasing result. If you also want to adjust the size of the marquee, drag one of the corner handles.

Initial crop marquee Marquee rotated Marquee moved Marquee resized

6 Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS). The image is now cropped, and the cropped image now fills the image window, straightened, sized, and cropped according to your specifications.

Image cropped

In Photoshop and ImageReady, you can use the Image > Trim command to discard a border area around the edge of the image, based on transparency or edge color.

7 Choose File > Save to save your work.

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