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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Cropping an Image

The Crop Tool in Photoshop allows you to remove portions of an image and focus on the remaining components within an image. This document shows you how to crop an image in Photoshop CS3.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the CROP TOOLCrop Tool button
    The cursor changes into the Crop Tool.

  2. Click and drag the mouse over the part of the image you would like to keep

  3. Release the mouse button
    A dotted line appears around your selection and the rest of the image becomes dim.
    HINT: You do not have to be precise because the selection area can be moved and resized. Area selected to crop

  4. To cancel the crop, press [Esc]
    OR
    From the Options bar, click CANCEL CURRENT CROP OPERATIONCancel Current Crop Operation button
    The dotted line is removed from around the selection and nothing is changed within the image.

  5. OPTIONAL: To move the selection area
    1. Place your pointer inside the selection area
      HINT: The Crop center point targetadjusts the center point of the image, it does not move the image.
    2. Click and hold the mouse button
    3. Drag the selection area to the desired position

  6. OPTIONAL: To resize the selection area
    1. Place your pointer on one of the handles that appears on the edge of the selection area
    2. Click and hold the mouse button
    3. Drag the selection area to the desired size
      NOTE: Each handle along the edge of the selection area sizes the selection area differently.

  7. OPTIONAL: To rotate the selection area
    1. Place your pointer outside of the selection area
    2. Click and hold the mouse button
    3. Rotate the selection area to the desired position
      NOTE: To move the point of rotation, click the center pointCrop center point targetand drag it to the desired position

  1. To crop the image, press [Enter]
    OR
    From the Options bar, click COMMIT CURRENT CROP OPERATIONCommit Current Crop Operation Button
    The image is cropped.

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