- Cropping Photos
- Cropping Using the Rule of Thirds
- Auto-Cropping to Standard Sizes
- Cropping to an Exact Custom Size
- Cropping into a Shape
- Cropping without the Crop Tool
- Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area
- Auto-Cropping Gang-Scanned Photos
- Straightening Photos with the Straighten Tool
- Straightening Crooked Photos
- Resizing Digital Camera Photos
- Resizing and How to Reach Those Hidden Free Transform Handles
- Making Your Photos Smaller (Downsizing)
- Rule-Breaking Resizing for Poster-Sized Prints
- Automated Saving and Resizing
Auto-Cropping to Standard Sizes
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 5×7", 8×10", etc.).
Open an image in the Elements Editor that you want to crop to be a perfect 5×7" (or in this case, 7×5" because our image is horizontal). Press C to get the Crop tool, then go to the Options Bar, and from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu, click on the words “No Restriction.” When the list of preset crop sizes appears, click on 5×7 in.
Now click-and-drag the Crop tool over the portion of the photo that you want to be 5×7" (or if your image is horizontal, Elements will automatically adjust your border to 7×5", as it did here). While dragging, you can press-and-hold the Spacebar to adjust the position of your border. Once it's set, press the Enter key and the area inside your cropping border will become 5×7".