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Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Creating Your Own Custom Crop Tools - Pg. 98

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Creating Your Own Custom Crop Tools Step One: Press the letter C to switch to the Crop tool, and then go under the Window menu and choose Tool Presets to bring up the Tool Presets palette (or click on it in the Palette Well on the right side of the Options Bar, where it's nested by default). You'll find five Crop tool presets are already there, all set at 300 ppi. That's great if you need these sizes at 300 ppi; but if you don't, you might as well drag these toolpresets into the Trash icon at the bottom of the palette. (Also, make sure that the Current Tool Only option is checked at the bottom of the palette so you'll see only the Crop tool's presets, and not the presets for every tool.) Although it's more of an advanced technique, creating your own custom tools isn't complicated. In fact, once you set them up, they will save you time and money. We're going to create what are called "tool presets." These tool presets are a series of tools (in this case, Crop tools) with all our option settings already in place. So we'll create a 5x7", 6x4", or whatever size Crop tool we want. Then, when we want to crop to 5x7", all we have to do is grab the 5x7" Crop tool preset. Here's how: Step Two: Go up to the Options Bar and enter the dimensions for the first tool you want to create (in this example, we'll create a Crop tool that crops to a wallet-size image). In the Width field, enter 2. Press the Tab key to jump to the Height field and enter 2.5. Note: If you have the Rulers set to Inches under the Units section in Photoshop's Units & Rulers Preferences (Command-K [PC: Control-K]), then when you press the Tab key, Photoshop will automati- cally insert "in" after your numbers, indicating inches. 98 Chapter 4 Resizing and Cropping