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Chapter 3. Using the Photoshop Toolbox > Using the Crop and Slice Tools

Using the Crop and Slice Tools

The Crop and Slice tools are used to separate and eventually extract or use part of the image that is most important. Cropping takes out everything outside your cropping area. Slicing an image into multiple areas makes smaller image tiles from the main image.

  • Crop (C): Click and drag with this tool to create an adjustable crop area of your image. Press Enter to crop the canvas to your rectangular area. Press Esc to cancel the crop. After you crop your image, part of the image is gone; make sure that if you save over the original image, you won't need the content you have cropped out.

  • Slice (K): Used for creating web images, the slice tool creates rectangular slices from which you can export individual graphics. Build web button interfaces in one canvas and save to sliced areas for your web page.

  • Slice Select (K): Select your image slices and adjust the size of the slices by moving the handles. Hold down the Shift key to select multiple slices at once.

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