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Photoshop Tips (& Other Imaging Software)

Crop Tool Basics for Photoshop CSby Anita Cross


y introduction to the world of Adobe Photoshop began many years ago with version 4.01. The learning curve was hampered by my years working with Picture Publisher by Micrografx (later acquired by Corel). With deadlines looming, there was no time to experiment, to plumb the depths of the many tools that were new to me.

As time went by, I got into a rut. Even though I upgraded to version 5.5, version 6.0 and most recently Photoshop CS, I continued to use the tools I was most familiar with, in the same manner I had always used them.

For example, to crop an image, I would use the selection marquis functions. Once the selection was "right", from the menu bar I'd click on Image, then Crop. Looking back, I shudder at all the time I lost by not learning to use the Crop Tool sooner.

Each new version of Photoshop added functionality to this tool. By Photoshop CS (aka Version 8.0), Crop has become a very powerful tool. If you're unfamiliar with the Crop Tool, I encourage you to take the time to learn it's many features, beginning with the basics.

This article focuses on Photoshop CS. However, many of these basic functions were introduced in earlier versions of Photoshop.

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About the Author Anita Cross is the owner of Call Of The Wild, an Internet Marketing company which sponsors the Call Of The Wild Photo web site. Anita is also a professional photographer and an amateur writer who spends more time than she'd like looking at a computer monitor, and far less time looking through the lens of her camera.
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