Aspect Ratio

Half the time your photos will be in the portrait aspect ratio. Chances are you can't send out instructions for people to rotate their TVs 90°. The Crop tool makes this an easy fix.

Step 1. Make sure the photo layer is floating. If it's called Background, double-click and rename the layer.

Step 2. Zoom out and resize the window so that you can see some of the gray area around the photo.

Zoom out and resize so you have room to expand the crop. Step 3. Select the Crop tool (@).

Step 4. Specify a target size (such as 720X540 for standard or 720X534 for DV in square pixels) in the Options bar. Be sure to type px for pixels if your rulers are set to inches.

Step 5. Draw the crop; initially you will be constrained to the image's area. After releasing, you can grab the individual anchor points and crop beyond the image's border.

Step 6. You can clone the missing areas in with the Clone Stamp or Patch tool.

A little Clone Stamping and stretching of the background, and the aspect ratio is changed.

A little Clone Stamping and stretching of the background, and the aspect ratio is changed.

Step 7. Alternately, you may be able to "stretch" the edges by using the Free Transform feature. This works particularly well if the image is a portrait against a standard backdrop, or the background is nondescript, such as a sky. This down-and-dirty technique works very well if the sections to be filled fall outside the title-safe area.

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