The forward slash key (/) toggles on and off the Shield (the shading of the area outside of the crop) while using the Crop tool in Photoshop.
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In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)), Julieanne takes a close look at the feature enhancements and refinements made to the Crop tool, workflow settings, and batch saving capabilities in Adobe Camera Raw. In addition she also covers improvements made to the Spot Removal Tool, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustment Brush, and Histogram.
Note: For more information about the Features in Camera Raw 8.0 (PSCC V14), including the new Upright perspective correction, Radial Filter, and Spot Removal features please see this video “Adobe Photoshop CC: Favorite Features for Photographers”.
While using the Crop Tool in Lightroom, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) in the image preview area to access a number of crop-related features including: Reset Crop, Crop as Shot, Constrain Aspect Ratio and Crop to Same Aspect Ratio. Or, you can use the following shortcuts:
• Command + Option +R (Mac) | Control + Alt + R (Win) to reset a crop.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) select an aspect ratio from the Crop tool’s drop down to apply the new aspect ratio and reset the crop to the image bounds.
• When cropping an image, double-click in the image preview area to apply the crop and dismiss the Crop tool.
In Photoshop CC, after using the Crop tool to crop an image – and applying (or committing to) that crop, Photoshop automatically hides the crop marquee even though the Crop tool is still selected. This means that you no longer need to immediately select another tool to hide the crop marquee. Of course even with the marquee hidden, if the first crop was incorrect and you need to use the Crop tool again, simply drag with the Crop tool in the image area to redefine the crop.
In this video tutorial (Create Stunning Images), Julieanne demonstrates how to create the highest quality photographs by removing lens distortion, cropping, correcting perspective, and making color and tonal corrections in Lightroom’s Develop module.
Global Adjustments, Clarity, Temperature and Tint, The Basic Panel, White Balance, Histogram, History, Vibrance, Saturation, Lens Correction, Perspective Correction, Upright, HSL, Cropping
The Crop tool’s behavior has been modified within Camera Raw 8.1. The Crop tool is now solely responsible for defining the aspect ratio of the crop and the Workflow Options are now responsible for determining the image size. For example, in order to create an image that is 8 x 10 inches at 300 ppi, click and hold the Crop tool to select 4 to 5 from the list of aspect ratios and drag the crop in the image as desired. Then, using the Workflow Options (accessed via the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw window), check the Resize to Fit option. Select Short Size from the drop down menu and enter 8 inches and a resolution 300 ppi.
In order to visualize how an image might be cropped when a specific aspect ratio (or several aspect ratios) are needed, in the Develop Module select the Crop Tool (R). Then, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay > Choose Aspect Ratios. Check to enable as many aspect ratio overlays as desired.
Some additional shortcuts/features:
• Tapping the “O” key will cycle through Overlays.
•Shift + O cycles the Overlay orientation.
•To define which Overlays to cycle through, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay > Choose Overlays to Cycle.
•To only display the overlay on mouse-down, choose Tools > Tool Overlay > Auto Show.
When moving from one file to the next in the Develop Module, Shift + A will quickly crop the selected image to the last used aspect ratio.
When I finish an image and am confident that I will no longer need to move/reposition/resize layers, I choose Select > Select All and then Image > Crop to trim any extra content that extends beyond the image’s visible canvas. This is a permanent change, so be sure that you are willing to commit to deleting everything outside of the visible image.
Another method would be to select the Crop tool in Photoshop CS6, check Delete Cropped Pixels in the Options bar, and tap Return/Enter. Photoshop will display a preview of the image area that extends beyond the visible canvas (so that you know what you are cropping). Tap Return/Enter again to apply the crop.
Note: When working with Smart Objects, any extra image that extends beyond the visible canvas will not be deleted.
Video Tutorial – Julieanne’s Top 5 Features for Photographers in Photoshop 13.1 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members
In this Episode of the Complete Picture (Julieanne’s Top 5 Features for Photographers in Photoshop 13.1 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members), Julieanne will demonstrate her top 5 favorite features in Photoshop 13.1 including refinements to the Crop Tool, nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and Liquify, increased efficiency with Conditional Actions, practical default Type Styles and support for Retina displays on Macintosh.
When using the Crop tool, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) will display the majority of options associated with the crop tool including Reset Crop, Rotate Crop Box, default aspect Ratios, Saved Presets and more. In fact, many of the tools in Photoshop have context sensitive menus that you can use to help speed up your workflow so be sure to try Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) with all of the tools!
There are several tools in Photoshop that can be used to straighten an image: the most popular being the Ruler and the Crop tool. However, there is an important difference between them – the Crop tool will straighten the entire document (including all layers), whereas the Ruler tool will straighten only the selected layer.
If you need your file to be a certain height (4 inches for example) and you want to keep the width flexible, in Photoshop CS6’s crop tool, you can enter “4in” and leave the other entry blank. By typing “4in”, Photoshop understands that you want inches and not an aspect ratio.
In this Quick Tip, (Cropping Two Images to the Same Size in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly crop two images to the same size using the Front Image option as your source.
In case you didn’t have time to watch yesterday’s video, here is a list of shortcuts when using the Crop tool in Photoshop CS6:
• “C” selects the Crop tool.
• “O” cycles through the different View overlays .
• “R” displays the Crop Image Size & Resolution dialog. Note: you must make an adjustment to the Crop marquee before tapping the “R” key, otherwise tapping the “R’ key will select the Rotate View tool.
• “H” hides the image area that is beyond (outside of) the Crop marquee.
• “X” exchanges the Crop marquee from horizontal to vertical and vice versa.
• “P” enables “Classic Mode” where the Crop marquee behaves as in previous versions: you move the Crop marquee, not the image under the Crop marquee. Note: you must make an adjustment to the Crop marquee before tapping the “P” key, otherwise tapping the “P’ key will select the Pen tool.
• “Escape” cancels the crop (you are no longer in the modal crop session).