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Cream of the Crop: cropping and resizing > Cropping without the Crop Tool

Cropping without the Crop Tool

Sometimes it’s quicker to crop your photo using some of Elements’ other tools and features than it is to reach for the Crop tool every time you need a simple crop. This is the method I probably use the most for cropping images of all kinds (primarily when I’m not trying to make a perfect 5x7", 8x10", etc.—I’m basically just “eyeing” it).

Step One

Start by opening a photo you need to crop and press M to get the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Toolbox. (I use this tool so much that I usually don’t have to switch to it—maybe that’s why I use this method all the time.) Drag out a selection around the area you want to keep (leaving all the other areas outside the selection that you want cropped away).


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