How to Use the New Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6

Adobe Photoshop is not only popular amongst professional photographers, graphic designers and website designers, but it is also extensively used by common people who learn from its tutorials to edit their pictures, design different graphics and web pages. It is one of the most famous software applications as it provides numerous features to its users.

Photoshop CS6 is the latest version of the software which has brought many new and modified features. Although, there have been no dramatic changes in the new crop tool as compared to the old version, however, there is slight difference which you can understand from the given steps.


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    Open Photoshop CS6 on your computer. Then, select the Crop tool and you will notice that it seems quite different to the old one. You will see some gradable handles at the sides and corners of your pictures which you can use more efficiently and accurately to crop your pictures.

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    Furthermore, you will see that the options of overlaid instructions are based on the conventional compositional ideas taken from the Rule of Thirds to the Golden Ratio.

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    If you intend to confine your photo, you can do it by going to the drop down menu in the ‘Options’ bar. It offers you the option of aspect ratio. In addition, it will also provide you the option for cropping your photo in squares of 4:3 and 16:9. But, you can create your own ratio as per your requirements.

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    You will have to click the tick button to apply the changes which you made to your photo. You can also bring the trimmed areas back if you want to, by turning off delete cropped pixels from the options bar.  When you turn off the option ‘Delete Cropped Pixels’ from the options bar, Photoshop automatically start keeping the trimmed areas of your image which can be brought back afterwards.

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    When you are done with your cropping, you will have to save your file. To save your file, you will have to click on the ‘File’ option in the menu bar and select ‘Save’. You can keep the image quality as per your choice. You can also select the option of ‘Save As’ if you want to save the file with another name or extension.

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