The New Crop Tool


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


Lesson Info

The New Crop Tool

And the next thing I want to talk about is the crop tool, so I'm gonna open up an image here for us to play with. This is, of course, recycle man may not have seen this superhero before, but he is around let me zoom out just a little bit, so I'm using for zooming in and now command minus or control minus and command plus control plus so the crop tool got a major overhaul in this version in one of the biggest things you'll notice when you choose the crop tool and I like to choose it with the keyboard shortcuts so you compress see to grab the crop tool is you'll notice that immediately upon switching to the crop tool you get across box around the image it happens for you it gets planning on top of your image for you can of course change it and adjust it and move it around resize it but it eliminates you having tio choose the crop tool and then click and drag to draw boxer has your image, which everybody did a hundred times, so this is a nice little timesaver so the crop box appears autom...

atically just because you see a crop ops on your image does not necessarily mean that it crop is in progress okay that took a lot that took a long time for me to get used to because I kept trying to push escape you know, as soon as I got into the crop till because I've got this crop box and like, no, I'm not ready to crop yet, but it doesn't mean a crop is in progress, it just means that the box is there in case you want to use it. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and turn off my restriction that I've got so you can see what this looks like a museum out this little bit more so we can see the whole image. Okay, as soon as you click within a crop box, the automatic crop box that appears then you're going to see the crop overlay in the crop. Early in this situation is the rule of thirds and it's really handy. This overlay came along and see us five and the deal is that if you compose your images with the focal point on one of the intersecting lines, you should create a more visually pleasing composition an industry. Ok, so if we wanted to cross this image, we would indeed position our focal point, which is the face of recycle man on one of those intersecting lines. Now soon as you start clicking and dragging to move the crop box around and see a six, you will quickly notice that it's not the crop box that moves but the image underneath new users will just love it. Seasoned, photoshopped jockeys will be a little bit unsettled at first because it's it's an odd behavior because we're not used to that you expect the crop box to move not the image underneath, so not the way it happens in c s six now, since you do get an automatic crop box, that doesn't mean you can't draw your own crop box. Okay, so all you do is just click and drag outside outside the crop box that footage shot baby automatically and you can click and drag your own. It thinks I want to rotate this, but I really don't, so here we are back in the crop tool so let's, just get out of it back in a minute, you activate the crop till you get a box, and if you don't want that automatic box, you can click in drag to draw your own crop box so you're not stuck with using the automatic one, but I find that this this is easy to use rather than draw on my own, you know it's easier just to tweak that one to me. And of course, if you want to bail out of an act of coffee, can his press the escape key? Here we go, so you're back tio not having a crop in progress, but you still have a crop box around your image. A little of it takes a little getting used to, but it really is handy if you absolutely hate that behavior, you don't want automatic crop box, and you do. I don't want the image underneath to move around, you can revert to the behavior of the old crop tool by using the options bar click the little gear icon little sprocket, and you can turn on use classic mode and that's going to make the crop tool behave a little bit like the old one. So for example, if I turn that on, okay, and I pop into a different tool to get rid of all that. Now, if I go to the crop tool, you still get your automatic crop box, but when you click and drag to draw around her dragging around, rather, you're moving the crop box instead of the image underneath, so it just depends on on what you want to do. I would encourage you to try the new mode to see if you can get used to it, so I just click the little gear sprocket icon and turned off used classic moon. Ok, you'll also notice in the same menu that some of the controls that used to be boosting up there in the options far now in this mini and you're going to see a lot of this especially when we get over to the vector tools later in the day. I don't we really tried to clean up the interface, so you're going to see these sprockets in the options bar a lot, and if you are hunting around for a setting that used to be in the options bar and you can't find, don't panic, just look for a sprocket and then click the sprocket and nine times out of ten, all of those items are going to be in that new little menu. Ok, so dumb he's trying to clean up your work space a little bit, so things like the crop shield, which is the area that's darkened outside of the crop box that that you're using their it darkens so photoshopped can give you a little preview of what the image is gonna look like. Should you choose to accept that crop, you can toggle that shield off and on see how if I turn it off, then the outer edges that will be cropped off don't get darkened. You can also change the color of that crop shield if you want. You haven't matched the canvas and I'll show you how to change the canvas color in just a second team, which is neat, and you can also change the opacity of that shield. And I like to change my shield to one hundred percent because it gives me a really good idea of what that image is going to look like not such a big deal and see a six because cia sixty gives you an amazing preview of what your crops gonna look like anyway, but you can change it there so go ahead and go back to seventy five there we go all right and of course to accept a crop all you do is press the return key enter and there's your crop now the crop told cia six can function non destructively ok, but there's your setting that you need to turn off in order for it to do that so straight out of the box you'll notice this delete cropped pixel option has turned on that means that when you accept the crop like I just did by pressing return or enter those pixels that are outside that crop box or in that crop shield area get thrown away there's apt they're gone you cannot get them back no matter how much she fussed about it unless you go reopen the original image again if you haven't saved over it in six adobe gave us this option called delete cropped pixels now while it's turned on by default you could turn off so I'm in it undo our crop okay, so I'm in a press command z for ending control ziana piece see and that will let you go back one step if you needed to go back multiple steps he could add the option chiana mac or altana pc to that keep your combination and that would allow you to step back through your history panel so if you want to go back multiple steps this command option ziana mag or control ofthe ziana pc but in this case we only need to go back one step so let's say for example that we crossed this image position him with our rule of thirds grid they press return dilly caught pixels has turned on so even if we go up to the image mini and she's reveal all those egg edge pixels they're not coming back okay however if we turn off that delete cropped pixel option and then we cropper image we'll call that good and we press return it does indeed look like those edge pixels air gone however there's two ways you can get him back if you've still got the document open you contrite right up to the image menu and shoes reveal all see how the edge pixels came right back that's method one that part is not new what's new is this right here so I've already cropped to my image I'm going to save it by choosing file save as and I'll just leave it here called test file claire really named test file okay so it's saved close the document oh, yeah e can see eyes widening so here's our image it's cropped right? If we want to get back those edge pixels, all we have to do is activate the crop tool in immediately press return do you see how those ed fix with came back nondestructive crop for the first time ever? So that's a big deal, but you do have to remember to turn off the delete cropped pixels option for that toward so that's really anything that the trick is remembering, you know, does just press the return key as soon as you activate the crop told don't do anything else, just press return and he will get those edges back just like you. You had chose an image reveal all which that's a really, really neat thing. Okay, next thing I want to show you is the new fields that we have so let's go ahead and press return tio except that crop again. So other changes for the crop tool in the options bar you'll notice these fields right here. These guys are aspect didn't mean to bring that up. These guys were aspect ratio fields okay in c s five in every other version of photo shop known to man, there was another field to the right called a resolution it's gone and there ain't no way to get it back okay, so you cannot straight out of the box in this set up, change the size of your image in resolution at the same time. Why would you want to even do that? Well, let's say you've got a picture of recycle man and you've got the perfect five by seven frames that you would like recycle man to fit into an ink is expensive and paper for in jet printers is way expensive and let's say you know your printer very well and you know exactly the resolution that your printer likes to produce a nice print and resolution is simply a fancy way of saying pixel size that's it it just controls how big or how small pixels are? Ah, hired high resolution number mean the pixels air reading really little and when you print that sucker out, you're not going to be able to see them individually. A low number in the resolution means the pixels air honking big and but you're going to see them when you print it out in your photo is gonna look like it was made from legos usually not what you want, so adobe took away the resolution field. My own personal opinion, I think, is tio keep folks from accidentally messing with resolution when they don't mean to you okay, great for beginners, great for navy's, terrible for season photoshopped jockeys okay, this one's going to drive you nuts now you can still do it, but you can't do it right here from the options bar, you have to open up another dialog box. Okay, which adds a couple of steps. So there's been quite the records in the specially the photographer community because it does make them take another step or two to do what they used to be able to do very quickly simply by entering fields and the options bar. So you'll notice that it's a bit of a pain. So let's say, for example, that we want tio crop this image to specific size. Ok, first let's, take a look in, see what kind of sizing we've got with our image to begin with. Ok, so we can do that by going up to the image menu, choosing image size, and this is going to bring up a dialog box that shows us all kinds of information about our image. We can see how big the file sizes on our hard drive, how many pixels it's made front, and if we were to print it, which is what I wish this section was called print size because it would make more sense, right brand side so that's what it means, if we were to print this document and its current settings, we would print it at ten almost ten and a half inches by seven inches and the resolution was set to two hundred forty so anything over about two hundred, two hundred forty the pixels are going to be easy small enough that he shouldn't see them in a print so this would print decently at a ten by seven but let's say we want it we want the shape of it to be a five by seven okay, so a couple of different ways you could do that I could to keep from messing with the quality of my image I could turn off the re sample image checkbox and I could go ahead if I if I know I want this image to be five inches wide I could type five and then I could see what this other number pops too. Okay, well, the aspect ratio of this particular image doesn't really lend itself to a size like five by seven like a type in seven and see how close we get their radio. So we're not quite it's not quite the shape that we want okay? And that word shape is important because that and c s six is what these two fields let you change they don't necessarily resize your image they let you change the shape of your image so for example, if I really did want to print this one out of the five by seven I need to do some cropping because when I typed in seven in the whitfield, it didn't automatically pop to five because the aspect ratio or the shape of the image isn't quite perfect. Okay, so what's going cancel out of that. So what you could do to fix that is used these fields right here, and I wish they were labeled, but they're not okay, so they used to be labeled width and height. There was a w I think and see us five and an h and c s five, but adobe has changed the way these the's fields work, and they're really asked that racial fields now they're not so much re sizing feels like with high I mean, they are, but they're not. So let me show you one of me. So if I wanted this to be a five by seven, I could type size seven in the whitfield five in the height field. Flu shot gives me, uh, nice crop overlaying here and I could simply press return to accept my crop snail is the image really a five by seven? Who knows? Let's, go back into the image signs that a lockbox and see what photos shot did so let's choose image, image, size what's my documents, eyes would you not expect it to be five by seven? This has caused a little bit of a hullabaloo and the photoshopped jockey community as well but that's when I mean those fields are on ly changing the shape of your image yes some pixels air being cropped off if they need to be in order to make that shape okay so now if I type seven inches into the whitfield see how my hi phil pops to nearly five it's close in a little print nicely at that but before it didn't because my image was a little bit too wide right? So these air on ly aspect ratio or shape changing fields it's weird and I'll take you a little while to get used to that but it it's confusing because when you type in numbers in these fields and then you go into the inner sized ally box you expect those numbers to be in the documents eyes section and they're just not because you're only changing aspect ratio or shape now if you did want to change the actual size of the image pixel dimensions then you can still use these fields but you have to type in a unit of measurement okay? So instead of just saying seven my five or eight by ten or two by three or whatever the heck you want to put in there then you could say seven space I infer inches or p x for pixels press tab five space I n ok so now when I accept my crop and I go back to the image menu into the image size dialog box, I get what I expect okay, now I've got a five by seven image photoshopped will change the resolution for you automatically if you type in a unit of measurement okay and there's another new feature in with changing the resolution I'll talk about here in a second, so that's the difference so if you really do want to change the size of your image to bees specific and inches or specific and pixels using the crop tool, then you have to enter a unit of measurement into those aspect ratio fields if you on ly want to change the shape of your image to fit to be a certain aspect ratio, then you don't have to type in the unit of measurement but don't expect those numbers that you tapped in to be in the image size dialog box if you open it ok it's an odd thing, but I think it really will be better and it will keep people from accidentally messing with the resolution you know when they when they don't mean to you now that said, if you really do want to change this image tio a five by seven at let's say two hundred forty pixels per inch resolution then you can do that when photoshopped changed the measurements for us of the image it changed the resolution on its own ok, so we've got what I like to call a little bit of resolution overkill on this one for my particular printer at home anyway. One of it nothing bad will happen if you print an image that a really high resolution more than it needs to be. In other words, you're making the pixels way smaller than they have to be to not be seen by your prayer might take longer to print it, so nothing bad will happen. But if you really did want to find my seven at let's, say two hundred forty pixels per inch, then what you can do is I'm gonna go ahead and click this little curved era to reset all my options in the in options bar. Here we go, you can click this whole aspect ratio poppet menu and you can come down here to the very bottom and say size and resolution, and that will bring up a dialog box that lets you dial in the exact dimensions in resolution you want. Okay, so we've got seven inches by five inches at two hundred forty pixels prince if this is a size and resolution combo that use a lot, you can go ahead and choose to save it is a preset, and then it will appear in this aspect ratio poppet menu after that, go ahead and click ok I asked you what you want to name your preset gives you the crop box so you can move the image around underneath that if you want and when you've got it all set, go ahead and press return. Now, when we go peek in the image menu in the image size dialog box, we get what we expect and exactly precise seven inch by five inch, two hundred forty pixel per inch resolution it's funky, isn't it? And it's definitely going to take some getting used to you again? Beginners they're not gonna notice because their new but if you've been using this program a long time as probably, one of the biggest frustrations that you'll encounter is figuring out how to use the new crop tool and it's not that it's, you know, bad it's just different. Okay, let me open at one more image to go over that again, since it is a little funky superheroes leaping near manhattan, anybody? I had so much fun picking out these images, ok? So again, let's say we want a crop this image since I had typed in number into these aspect ratio fields earlier in the options bar it's still there, all the settings and the options of our sticky they say stay changed until you change them back don't let that throw you if you're getting unexpected behavior okay, if you let's say, for example, you had forgotten you typed in numbers in the aspect ratio fields and you're trying teo teo, create a crop box, that's, maybe vertical and stead of horrors on, you're not gonna be able to do it because photo shop is looking at the information you've last into the options far I am dues, reset it, so just go ahead and click that will curved arrow and zeros at everything, and then you get back to where you were. Another new thing with the crop tool is that we got a bunch of new crop overlays. Okay, so the overlay is actually that rule of thirds grid that you're seeing on there, but we have needles and gobs of him now. So if you give this little view menu, click, you can see them. So all these guys are new, the golden ratio, golden spiral, diagonal triangle. Those guys are all need in previous versions of the program. We only had the rule of thirds and this grid. Ok, so now we have all these other. Interesting cross overlays that help you compose your image if you didn't get it perfect in camera okay now it does take a little while tio depending upon what size screen you got mouse all the way up to the options bar click that pop it me and you choose another one went to see what it does so as you might suspect there's a keyboard shortcut that will let you cycle through all of them and that's a lot of fun and it's the okie ofer overlay so as I press oh I'm cycling through all the different crop are blaze this's the golden spiral I think that one goes back tio let leonardo divinci back in the seventeen hundreds so all kinds of neat overlays now you'll notice especially on things like the golden spiral the way this one works is instead of placing your focal point on an intersecting line what you would do is place your focal point beneath the spiral all right, well what if your focal point isn't at the bottom right how would you use this crop overlay when you can rotate the crops of lays with a keyboard shortcut of course and you simply add the shift key to the o okay simon oppress shift oh and see how that spiral is changing so it's rotating it into each different corner so depending upon the subject where you've placed how you've composed your shot you may need to do that so the okeafor overlay will cycle through all the different ones again you can get to them through the view minivan the options far when the crop tool is active okay and you can see the keyboard shortcut there to cycle overlay zero and then right here on the overlays that have kept that can have a different orientation like that golden ratio golden spiral then this mini item because active cycle overlay orientation wish it said rotate over life would be more so for example if I choose golden spiral then we did get that menu item you understand why? Because the like the rule of thirds it doesn't make a hill of beans if you rotate that secretary me exactly the same so that's why that menu item is great out because it won't do anything so those in the new crop of relays but back to cropping here again let's take a peek and see what kind of image size are physical size for document we're dealing with and I always like to do this before I did any cropping I like to see what I'm dealing with first so I will go up to the image menu tapes I've got active crop going on go to the image many image size so here we go so we've got almost in eleven by eight kind of image but let's say I really wanted to print this is an eight by ten okay, I could turn off the re sample image but in which locks my pixel dimensions thereby locking image quality so then I can play around with these numbers and just see what kind of size I might be able to produce with this, you know, document if I chose to print it so if I want an eight by ten I could type ten inches right here and again the height field will pop on a man who according to the shape or aspect ratio of your image but see, I can't get exactly there what using these fields right here I need to crop offs and pixels in order to get that exact size that I want. Okay, so here the two ways to do it again with the new crop tolan cia six and that is tio change the shape of the image using the aspect ratio fields right here in the options bar or we can open up that change size and resolution dialog box and do it there whichever way you want to go about it there's no right or wrong flu shot police are not going to show up on your doorstep. Okay, so if if you want to go ahead and change the state you can choose from the candy pre says here and a half by eleven is one um so we can't go and do this eight by ten by ten there we go and if you miss up and you flip flop these numbers let's say for example you wanted that to be more vertical and so you should attacked ten by a you don't have to re type that stuff just click that little curved arrow to the right of the field and it'll flip flop that information so we go from that landscape to portrait ok so let's say that's what we want go ahead and position the photo if you'd like let's say that's good enough and then press return to accept it there we go now let's pop back into the image minion image size and let's see what we've got here not quite any by ten okay again it only changed the shape so let's nd so we've got our edges back and now from that aspect ratio poppet menu let's choose size and resolution so this is the second way that you can do that so we can type in eight by ten and if you know the resolution that your printer likes, you could go ahead and enter that here and if you're going to use that combination a lot save it is across preset click ok push up asks what you want to name it let's just say this is fine maybe we only want these two guys anyway there we go and then if we go back to the image menu image size we do indeed did have the measurements and the resolution that we typed in.

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Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

Lesa dives further in-depth into advanced filters such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Lighting Effects, which all take advantage of the new processing power of Adobe® Photoshop® CS6. Lesa also spends a full day covering Adobe® Photoshop® CS6's brand new video features.

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