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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Opening and cropping the files

Opening and cropping the files

You’ll start by opening and resizing four files. Since this part of the task involves aesthetic choices about where and how much of the image to crop, you’ll do these steps manually rather than recording them with the Actions palette.

In the File Browser, double-click the 12Start.jpg thumbnail to open it in Photoshop.

Click the Info tab in the Navigator palette group so that the Info palette is visible.

In the toolbox, select the Crop tool (). Hold down Shift to constrain the shape to a square and drag around the pears. When you finish dragging, be careful to release the mouse key first and then the Shift key.

Dragging and pressing Shift

Cropped image

Examine the width (W) and height (H) values in the Info palette. If you’ve drawn a perfect square, the pixel counts will be identical.

If necessary, make any adjustments to the selection so that the pears are centered in the cropping marquee and fit fairly snugly inside it:

  • To correct the dimensions if the width and height are not equal, drag a corner until the W and H values in the Info palette are identical. (Do not hold down Shift.)

  • To move the marquee, click inside it and drag until it is positioned properly.

  • To resize the marquee, hold down Shift and drag one of the corners to make the marquee larger or smaller.

When you are satsified with the crop selection, double-click inside the crop area, or press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to apply the cropping.

Because you’re working with a number of files, you’ll rename the 12Start.jpg file with a descriptive name so that it will be easy to identify.

Choose File > Save As, and save the cropped image as Pears.jpg in your Lesson12 folder. If a dialog box appears with options for image quality, click OK to accept the default settings.

Repeat Steps 1 through 6 for three of the other images in the Lesson12 folder: Leaves.jpg, Dandelion.jpg, and Sand.jpg, and then choose File > Save instead of Save As to save each of the files. (You don’t need to rename them.)



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