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Basic Photo Corrections in Photoshop CS2

Chapter Description

Adobe Photoshop includes a variety of tools and commands for improving the quality of a photographic image. This lesson steps you through the process of acquiring, resizing, and retouching a photo intended for a print layout. The same basic work-flow applies to Web images.

Straightening and cropping an image

You’ll use the Crop tool to trim and scale the photograph for this lesson so that it fits the space designed for it. You can use either the Crop tool or the Crop command to crop an image. Both methods permanently delete all the pixels outside the crop selection area.

  1. In the toolbox, select the Crop tool (croptool.gif). Then, on the tool options bar (at the top of the work area), enter the dimensions (in inches) of the finished image: For Width type 2 in, and for Height type 3 in.
  2. Draw a crop marquee around the image. Don’t worry about whether the entire image is included, because you’ll adjust the marquee in a moment.

    As you drag, the marquee retains the same proportion as the dimensions you specified for the target size (2 x 3 inches).

    When you release the mouse button, a cropping shield covers the area outside the cropping selection, and the tool options bar displays choices about the cropping shield.

  3. On the tool options bar, make sure that the Perspective check box is not selected.
  4. In the image window, move the pointer outside the crop marquee so that it appears as a curved double arrow (rotatecurs.gif). Drag clockwise to rotate the marquee until it matches the angle of the picture.
  5. Place the pointer inside the crop marquee, and drag the marquee until it contains all the parts of the picture you want shown to produce an artistically pleasing result. If you need to adjust the size of the marquee, drag one of the corner handles.
  6. Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS). The image is now cropped, and the cropped image now fills the image window, straightened, sized, and cropped according to your specifications.
  7. Choose File > Save to save your work.
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