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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.).

Step One

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.

Step Two

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".

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