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To Crop or Not to Crop

Hello and welcome back to another Tuesday Top Tip, those little things in Photoshop that are sometimes over looked, yet can be so very handy.

This week a quick look at the crop tool. There’s a option in there for a non destructive crop, here’s where;

For those that are new to Photoshop, the crop tool looks like this;


and is used by clicking and dragging the area you wish to keep. Dragging outside the image will automatically snap to the image. That’s what I’ve done here;


By clicking on one of the sizing handles I can resize the box to the area I want to keep. The grey part is what I am going to loose.


That is unless I go up to the menu bar and click the “Hide” radio button. As the name suggests, this doesn’t delete anything.

To do this you musy be on an unlocked layer – Thanks Jeremy (See comments)


Now I haven’t lost any of the image I can press Ctrl+T on a PC or Cmd+T on the Mac to transform the layer individually


Bonus Tip : Making the crop bigger than the canvas size by dragging out the handles will make the canvas the size of your crop.

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on To Crop or Not to Crop

  1. Jeremy // 15/09/2009 at 2:05 pm //

    I believe the “hide” button only becomes available if you are working on a non-locked layer (i.e. you have to unlock the background or work on a separate layer first).

  2. I learn something new from you each time I read a post. Thanks!

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