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Cream of the Crop: cropping and resizing

Cream of the Crop: cropping and resizing

Photographer | David Cuerdon


If a chapter on cropping and resizing doesn’t sound exciting, really, what does? It’s sad, but a good portion of our lives is spent doing just that—cropping and resizing. Why is that? It’s because nothing, and I mean nothing, is ever the right size. Think about it. If everything were already the right size, there’d be no opportunity to “super-size it.” You’d go to McDonald’s, order a Value Meal, and instead of hearing, “Would you care to super-size your order?” there would just be a long, uncomfortable pause. And frankly, I’m uncomfortable enough at the McDonald’s drive-thru, what with all the cropping and resizing I’m constantly doing. Anyway, although having a chapter on cropping and resizing isn’t the kind of thing that sells books (though I hear books on crop circles do fairly well), both are important and necessary, especially if you ever plan on cropping or resizing things in Photoshop. Actually, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s more than just cropping and resizing in this chapter. That’s right—I super-sized this chapter with other cool techniques that honestly are probably a bit too cool to wind up in a chapter called “Cropping and Resizing,” but it’s the only place they’d fit. But don’t let the extra techniques throw you; if this chapter seems too long to you, flip to the end of the chapter and rip out a few pages, and you have effectively cropped the chapter down to size. (And by ripping the pages out yourself, you have transformed what was originally a mere book into an “interactive experience,” which thereby enhances the value of the book, making you feel like a pretty darn smart shopper.) See, it almost makes you want to read it now, doesn’t it?


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