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Cropping Images

As you noticed, the image has too much white space around the figures in the picture (Figure 3-1). We're going to use the Crop tool to get rid of some of the background white (Figure 3-2). The Crop tool now occupies its own place on the Tool palette.

1.
Open the image titled masks.psd.

2.
Click on the Crop tool.

3.
Use the Crop tool like the Rectangular Marquee tool. Hold your cursor at the upper left of the image and hold your button down and drag it to the bottom right.

4.
Once you let go, the part of the image that will be cropped is in dark grey (Figure 3-3). This is a new feature in Version 6.

Figure 3-3. An image with cropping lines around it.


5.
If you need to cancel the Crop command, use the Cancel Crop “X” in the upper right of the Options Tool palette.

6.
When you move your cursor over any of the lines the cursor changes and you can move them in or out to get the exact crop that you want.

7.
When you find the image you want, double-click inside the image to create the actual cropped image. The Return and Enter keys work the same to set the crop. The “√” in the upper right on the Options Tool palette will also set the crop.


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