Share this Page URL

Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Cropping to a Specific Size - Pg. 94

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Cropping to a Specific Size If you're outputting photos for clients, chances are they're going to want them in standard sizes so they can easily find frames to fit their photos. If that's the case, you'll find this technique handy, because it lets you crop any image to a predeter- mined size (like 5x7", 8x10", and so on). Step One: Let's say our portrait measures 15x10", and we want to crop it to be a perfect horizontal 10x8". First, press the C key to get the Crop tool, and up in the Options Bar on the left you'll see Width and Height fields. Enter the size you want for width, followed by the unit of measurement you want to use (e.g., "in" for inches, "px" for pixels, "cm" for centimeters, "mm" for millimeters, etc.). Next, press the Tab key to jump over to the Height field and enter your desired height, again followed by the unit of measurement. Step Two: Click within your photo with the Crop tool and drag out a cropping border. You'll notice that as you drag, the border is constrained to a horizontal shape and no side points are visible--only corner points. Whatever size you make your border, the area within that border will become a 10x8" photo. In this example, I dragged the border so it almost touched the top and bottom to get as much of the subject as possible. 94 Chapter 4 Resizing and Cropping ©SCOTT KELBY