Compositing photos is easy with programs like Photoshop You can use the crop tool in the program to fix your photo and make it the way you want.
However, if you are new to using Photoshop, you may be overwhelmed by the number of possibilities and tools this program has. Therefore, performing simple steps such as cropping can seem daunting.
There are also many different ways to use the crop tool that you may not have known about before. This article will show you how to use the crop tool, as well as straighten an image, use grids, and uncrop.
- Find the Crop Tool. You can find this in the Toolbar. It is an icon with two rectangular lines forming a square, as shown here:
How to crop an image in Photoshop
- Locate the Crop tool. You can find this in Toolbar . It’s a two-line right-angled symbol that forms a square, as shown here:
- Selecting the Crop tool will give you a border around the image that you can resize at the corners or sides. Or you can click inside the image and stretch it to create a frame yourself. You will need to frame the area of ??the image you want to crop. The inside of the border is retained and the outside is removed.
- If you want to move the image to the area to be saved, you can click and drag inside the border to do so after you originally moved the crop border. When you’re happy with cropping, you can check the box in the options bar or press Enter on your keyboard.
You will also have the option to reset or cancel crops. You can do any of these actions in the options bar. To reset the crop, click the back arrow icon. To cancel it, select the middle crossed-out circle icon.
If you want to crop the image without removing the outer parts, you can do so by changing the Remove Cropped Pixels option.
To do this, look at the options bar and you can uncheck this box. Then, when you crop the image and want to change its orientation or aspect ratio, the rest of the image will come back. With this method, you’ll have to re-crop your photos if you reshape them this way, so do what works best for your workflow.
Use aspect ratio
If you want to get more accurate crop results in Photoshop, you can change the aspect ratio of the image to be accurate. In the Options Bar, you can click the Aspect Ratio drop-down menu to view the aspect ratio presets. Once you choose one, Photoshop will automatically set this ratio for the crop border. You can click the arrow icons between the width and height boxes to swap them.
If you would like to manually enter the aspect ratio if the one you want is not displayed in the presets, you can also do so by entering numbers in the width and height fields. Again, Photoshop will automatically adjust the cropping according to the ratio you entered.
If you want to keep the aspect ratio you entered for future use, you can create your own crop presets. This can be done by clicking the Ratio drop-down menu and choosing New Crop Preset. Then you can name the preset and the next time you open the Ratio dropdown, it should appear in the list.
If you have an aspect ratio entered, Photoshop will lock the crop selection square to that ratio. Thus, you can move the square around the image, but you cannot freely resize it. If you want to be able to resize the square yourself, you can clear the aspect ratio by clicking the Clear button next to the width and height boxes.
How to straighten an image
You will need to find a line in the photo that can act as an anchor point for Photoshop in order to align the image This can be a horizontal or vertical edge that looks straight, such as the horizon line.
Make a point at the beginning of this line by clicking, then holding and dragging to the other end. When you release the button, Photoshop will straighten the image so that the line becomes straight. This will also change the crop border so you get a square image
Using the Crop Tool Overlay
You’ve probably noticed the mesh that overlaps your image when you crop it. In fact, you can change this grid to a few others if you need some guidance on how to adjust the composition of your photo.
The default overlay is the Rule of Thirds. This is a grid designed to make your photo look pleasing to the eye when the focus of the image is at one of the intersection points. However, you can change the grid by going to the options bar and selecting the overlay icon, which looks like a grid.
You can choose from Grid, Diagonal, Triangle, Golden Ratio, or Golden Spiral overlays. They can assist you with framing so that the composition of the image is pleasing to the eye. The idea behind most of these is that the eye tends to move naturally through the photo in a certain way, and if you focus your image on one of those natural points, the composition will be smoother.