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Cropping and straightening photos

With the Crop tool, you can control which portion of a photo opens in Photoshop. You can readjust the crop marquee at any time, and it will remain available even after you click Save, Done, or Open. All the raw pixels are preserved.

To crop a photo

  1. Open a photo into Camera Raw (see page 63). Choose the Crop tool crop.jpg (C).
  2. Drag a marquee on the preview image. A To move the marquee, drag inside it; to resize it, drag a handle. Only the area within the marquee will import into Photoshop.
  3. To preview the crop results, press Enter/Return or click another tool.

You can also straighten a photo before opening it into Photoshop.

To straighten a crooked photo

  1. Choose the Straighten tool straighten.jpg (A).
  2. In the preview, drag along an edge in the photo that you want to align to the horizontal or vertical axis. B A crop marquee will display, aligned to the angle you drew. C When you open the image into Photoshop, that edge will be aligned with the document window. D.
  • To preview the crop results, press Enter/Return or click another tool.
  • To redisplay a crop (or straighten) marquee after using another tool, choose the Crop (or Straighten) tool again. To remove it, press Esc.
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