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Auto-Cropping to Standard

If you're outputting photos for clients, chances are they're going to want them in standard sizes so they can easily find frames to fit. If that's the case, here's how to crop your photos to a predetermined size (like a 5x7", 8x10", etc.).

Step One

Open an image that you want to crop to be a perfect 7x5". Press C to get the Crop tool, then go in the Options Bar and click on the arrow to the right of the words “Preset Options” and a list of preset crop sizes will appear. Click on “Crop Tool 7 in x 5 in.”

Step Two

Now click-and-drag the Crop tool over the portion of the photo that you want to be 7x5". While dragging, you can press the Spacebar to adjust the position of your border. Press the Enter key, and the area inside your cropping border will become 7x5".

Step Three

Now, what if you want a 7x5" photo, but at 150 ppi or 72 ppi? Get the Crop tool, and in the Options Bar in the Resolution field, enter your desired resolution. Now crop.

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