SUBJECT: Using the Crop Tool in PSE
PROGRAM: PSE8 (can be applied to other versions)
PREREQUISITES: Basic understanding of the marque tool, Be able to open a document in Photoshop, a basic understanding of the marque tool
In one form or fashion I crop every photo on every page. One of the most straightforward methods is to use Photoshop Element’s built-in crop tool. Begin by opening a photo. Click on the crop tool in the tools palette on the left side of the workspace.
Before you go any further, do a Save As and give your working photo a new name. The crop tool alters the photo and unless you don’t mind losing your original you’ll want to work with a duplicate.
Click on the down arrow in the Aspect Ratio menu in the Options Bar near the top of the work space. Use one of these options if you want your crop set to certain proportions (if, for example, you plan to print the photo as a 4×6, 8×10, etc.) Set it to ‘No Restriction’ if you aren’t looking for a specific height/width ratio.
Use any of the eight small boxes (often called ‘handles’) around the perimeter of the bounding box to adjust your crop area. You can also rotate the crop area by hovering your cursor just outside the bounding box until it becomes a bent two headed arrow, then click and drag to rotate.