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crop your photos p. 30

  • Most of the Elements albums have built-in borders that frame your photos. The aspect ratio (ratio of width to height) for album borders is 4:3 (landscape) or 3:4 (portrait). This is a common ratio for digital cameras. If a photo has a different ratio, however, Elements' Album Creation wizard simply crops the photo. To keep control over what part of your photo appears in your album, crop photos to 3:4 yourself.

  • The No Borders style (for printing album pages on your own printer), accepts photos with any aspect ratio. You might expect that to be the case with No Borders Book and Full Bleed Book styles too, but as this Visual QuickProject went to press, that wasn't true. Photos in those styles get cropped to the 3:4 ratio. Adobe plans to update templates and give you more control over aspect ratio in these styles in the future (see Chapters 4 and 5).

  • By default, the cropping shield is black with 75 percent opacity. After you draw a cropping rectangle, you can choose a new color and opacity in the Options bar.



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