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Part 3. Basic Photo Fixing > Cropping a Picture

Cropping a Picture

One hallmark of a skilled photographer is pleasing composition, or arrangement of the things you're shooting within the picture frame. You can't always take the time to get the composition just right. Cropping used to be one of the most common fixes made in the darkroom—now you can do it with the lights on.

Choose the Crop tool from the toolbox, or press C.

Within the active image area, drag the corner of a selection box to indicate the new framing.

Press Enter on the keyboard (or click the Commit button near the crop marquee) to accept the change.

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Adjusting Width and Height

After step 1, type a Width and Height in the Options bar to match the proportions (type 5 for Width and 7 for Height for a 5×7 print). Or, pressing Shift while dragging forces a perfectly square selection.


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Canceling the Crop

In step 3, to cancel the cropping operation, click the Cancel button (just left of the Commit button) near the crop marquee or press Esc.


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