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Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area

I know the heading for this technique doesn't make much sense—“Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area.” How can the Crop tool (which is designed to crop photos to smaller sizes) actually make the canvas area (white space) around your photo larger? That's what I'm going to show you.

Step One

Open the image to which you want to add additional blank canvas area. Press the letter D to set your Background color to its default white.

Step Two

If you're in Maximize Mode, press Control-Minus to zoom out a bit (so your image doesn't take up your whole screen). If you're not in Maximize Mode, click-and-drag out the bottom corner of the document window to see the gray desktop area around your image. (To enter Maximize Mode, click the Maximize button in the top-right corner of the image window, which automatically changes the viewing mode to Maximize Mode.)

Step Three

Press the letter C to switch to the Crop tool and drag out a cropping border to any random size (it doesn't matter how big or little it is at this point).

Step Four

Now, grab any one of the side or corner points and drag outside the image area, out into the gray area that surrounds your image. The cropping border extending outside the image is the area that will be added as white canvas space, so position it where you want to add the blank canvas space.

Step Five

Now, just press the Enter key to finalize your crop, and when you do, the area outside your image will become white canvas area.

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