PeaNut 572,786 November 2012 Posts: 29 Layouts: 9 Loc: MN
Posted: 1/10/2013 1:44:14 PM
Hi I am still learning PSE, I have the new release PSE 11. I am trying to figure out an easy way to crop, for example, a 3.5 x 3.5 inch square out of a photo. I know I can use the cookie cutter tool to crop, but is there an easy "preset" way to cut out a specific size. For example, I have two pictures that I want to put on a layout, I want to crop them down to 3.5 x 3.5 squares for each photo. Using the cookie cutter tool, I have to play with it to get it "approximately" that size for EACH picture. Just wondering if there is an easier way to do that. Thanks in advance.
PeaNut 242,431 January 2006 Posts: 10,041 Layouts: 665 Loc: Los Angeles
Posted: 1/10/2013 3:16:57 PM
There are a couple of ways that will work best for this. But the first way is more flexible and will allow you to re-size and manipulate more.
1. Create a mask:
A. Look on the side tool bar for an icon that looks like a dotted line rectangle. This is the marquee tool; click on it.
B. Once the marquee tool is selected, click on the little drop down arrow showing under the tools at the bottom of your screen (you may need to click first on open tools, next to the project bin icon at the bottom). Select fixed size, and input the fixed dimensions you want.
C. Click on your canvas on your main screen; you should see marching ants in the size you requested.
D. Do control K to get the paint bucket, click within the marching ants on the main screen and it should fill the marching ants with the color showing in your foreground color. Hit escape to end the marching ants. This box is your mask.
E. Pull your photo on top of the mask on your main screen. The photo must be above the mask in the layers palette on the right. Click control G to clip your photo to your mask.
F. With the photo layer highlighted you can move the photo to show the section you want through the mask. If you need to re-size the photo, with the photo layer still highlighted click control T to get be transformer handles of the photo and drag the handle from one corner to re-size.
2. The second way is to use the crop tool, also found on the left tool bar. Select the tool, input the dimensions in the tool area, click on the photo and drag the line to select the area you want to keep. Click on the green arrow and you're cropped! But this way is less
flexible if you want to make changes later.