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Photoshop: Cropping an Image

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download

Use the Crop tool to get rid of unwanted parts of an image. Be aware that the Crop tool crops the entire Canvas and all layers. Use the alternative method described below to crop only a single layer within a multiple-layer document, such as when creating a collage or layout. 

Cropping an Image/Entire Document

To crop an image/entire document:
  1. Select the Crop tool in the Toolbar, and handles will appear around the Canvas. Un-check “delete cropped pixels” from the Options Bar to avoid permanently deleting parts of the image.

  2. Click-and-drag the crop handles to change the cropping area. Everything within the crop box will remain, but the dulled-out areas of the images will be cut when the crop is confirmed.
    • Click-and-drag on the image itself to reposition.
  3. When done positioning, click the check-mark on the far-right of the Options Bar to confirm the crop.
To exit cropping without saving, click the Cancel icon in the Options Bar.

Cropping a Single Layer

Use this method to crop a single layer without affecting others, such as when creating a flyer or collage. In the example below, the document has two layers: a solid blue background, and an image on a separate layer.

To crop a single layer (such as in a multiple-image document):
  1. Select the desired layer for cropping in the Layers panel.
  2. Select the Marquee tool from the Toolbar.

  3. Use the Marquee tool to click and drag to select the desired part of the picture.
  4. Click the Add Vector Mask button, which looks like a rectangle with a circle in the middle, located at the bottom of the Layers panel. After doing so, only the portion that was selected will remain.

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Keywords:editing, guide, images, photos, trimming, cutting   Doc ID:86735
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-10-12 12:55 PDTUpdated:2020-04-27 12:37 PDT
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