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Cropping

Cropping is the artists' term for trimming away unwanted parts of a picture. You could think of it as a specialized kind of selection, which is probably why the people who created Photoshop put the Crop Tool in the same section as the Selection Marquees (see Figure 3.17). In Photoshop 6, the Adobe engineers have made significant improvements in the Crop Tool. Instead of just dragging a line around the area to be cropped, you now see the image with the part you have cropped away dimmed out. This, of course, makes it much easier to see exactly what you're doing. Of course, you can also crop by making a selection with the Rectangular Marquee and then using the menu command Image→Crop to trim the picture.


Figure 3.17. The Crop Tool.



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