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    Cropping your photo

    Cropping is a basic photoshop tool that is easy to learn.

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    Thankyou for that. Can you explain how to crop to a specific ratio WITHOUT downsizing or upscaling. ie crop out the unwanted pixels but then keep only the original pixels without adding or removing others. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace55 View Post
    Thankyou for that. Can you explain how to crop to a specific ratio WITHOUT downsizing or upscaling. ie crop out the unwanted pixels but then keep only the original pixels without adding or removing others. Thanks
    I am not sure what you mean, if you CROP, by definition this mean taking something away. Thus all the pixels outside the selection during a crop are lost. If you are talking about resizing a photo to a specific pixel size, this is different to cropping and use Image > Image Size and set your dimensions, but do not increase the size of a photo dramatically as you will find detail is lost, cause you are creating pixels from the surrounding ones to get a bigger photo, thus these created pixels are prone to cause softness and blur

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    Let's suppose I have an image 4600 x 2800px.
    I want to crop the image to improve the composition ... but I still want the final crop to have the same ratio as the initial photo. So I want to discard the unwanted pixels but I don't want Photoshop to resize the image back to 4600x2800px (I would prefer to upsize the image using specialist software).
    So what will happen if I enter 4600px x 2800px in the crop options bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace55 View Post
    Let's suppose I have an image 4600 x 2800px.
    I want to crop the image to improve the composition ... but I still want the final crop to have the same ratio as the initial photo. So I want to discard the unwanted pixels but I don't want Photoshop to resize the image back to 4600x2800px (I would prefer to upsize the image using specialist software).
    So what will happen if I enter 4600px x 2800px in the crop options bar?
    work out the ratio and use that in the two boxes just to the right of the crop tool setting (just under the main menu in photoshop, once the crop tool is selected. You can put things into the boxes like 4 x 6 inch, 300 pixels, x 450pixels, 6cm x 4 cm. You specify the dimensions and the crop tool automatically sizes to fit those dimensions

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    I don't want to crop to those dimensions. I want to crop to a specific aspect ratio (the same as the original image). As a test I just took an image that was 1665px x 2400px. I entered these values into the two boxes in the crop tool options bar.
    I took a crop of part of the image and saved it. It still shows a size of 1665 x 2400px when clearly I have wanted to discard pixels (but still have the crop the same aspect ratio of the original image).
    I then took a crop of the crop image and then a crop of THAT cropped image. All of the files show the same image size of 1665 x 2400pixels even though the last image was only a tiny portion of the original. Therefore photoshop seems to have made up images so that each file still is 1665 x 2400px. I do not want Photoshop doing that, I want to crop to the aspect RATIO and end up with only the pixels I select in the crop. I will then resize the image (if required) using specialist software.
    Do you know how i can achieve this?

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    crop using a different method then, instead of putting in pixels, put in the aspect ratio. So say you want a 3:2 aspect ratio, put in 6inch x 4 inch at 300 pixels per inch, or whatever you want

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    Thank you very much for your quick replies and solution. Much appreciated

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    I don't know what I am doing wrong, or not doing right, but I do not seem to be able to open any of Rick's tutorials, there is no clickable link. It's fine when I open a link to a video.

    [yt]xmjSaJiNpj8[/yt] Is this a link? if so, how do I open it?
    Cheers, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T Rex View Post
    I don't know what I am doing wrong, or not doing right, but I do not seem to be able to open any of Rick's tutorials, there is no clickable link. It's fine when I open a link to a video.

    [yt]xmjSaJiNpj8[/yt] Is this a link? if so, how do I open it?
    Looks like I need to update the links. Our recent software upgrade has broken them. I will get into them in the next few days.

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    I've been pulling my hair out with the same problem.

    I've finally found that if you want to crop but not resize a photo to 3:2 then you just set the width to 3, the height to 2 (cm or in doesn't matter) and leave the resolution box blank.
    PS then crops without scaling.

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    Link fixed..again.

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