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Preserve your image's pixels when cropping

Added on Friday 27th of July 2007 02:24 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


How do I tell Photoshop to preserve the cropped part of my image? I know I’ve done it before but can’t figure it out now. After I crop an image, I want the liberty to move the image around on the canvas to position it differently.


The Crop tool options bar offers the options you’ll need to choose what happens to your cropped image area—even after you save and close your file—providing that image exists on an unlocked layer. If you crop an image that only has a Background layer, then Photoshop deletes the image area you crop out.


Tip: If your image is on the Background layer, double-click on the Background layer in the Layers palette to display the New Layer dialog box, rename the layer, and click OK to unlock it.



To crop an image and retain the cropped pixels:

1.       Choose the Crop tool crop from the Toolbox.

2.      Crop your image the way you want, as shown in Figure A.


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