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Cropping Photos

After you sort your images in the Browser, one of the first editing tasks you'll probably undertake is cropping a photo. There are a number of different ways to crop a photo in Photoshop. We'll start with the basic garden variety, and then we'll look at some ways to make the task faster and easier.

Step One. Press the letter “c” to get the Crop tool (you could always select it directly from the Toolbox, but I only recommend doing so if you're charging by the hour).
Step Two. Click within your photo and drag out a cropping border (as shown here). The area to be cropped away appears dimmed (shaded). You don't have to worry about getting your crop border right when you first drag it out, because you can edit the border by dragging the points that appear in each corner and at the centers of all four sides.
Step Three. While you have the crop border in place, you can rotate the entire border by moving your cursor outside the border (note the cursor's position in the lower-right corner of the image shown here), and when you do, the cursor changes into a double-headed arrow. Just click-and-drag and the cropping border rotates in the direction that you drag (this is a great way to save time if you have a crooked image, because it lets you crop and rotate at the same time).
Step Four. After you have the cropping border where you want it, just press the Return key (PC: Enter key) to crop (the final cropped photo is shown at right).
  1. Press the Escape (esc) key on your keyboard, and the crop is canceled and the photo remains untouched.
  2. Look up in the Options bar and you'll see the International symbol for “No way” (as shown here). Click the circle with the diagonal line through it to cancel your crop, or…
  3. In the Toolbox, click on another tool. This brings up a warning dialog asking if you want to crop the image. To cancel, don't press Cancel; press Don't Crop.
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