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Preserve your image's pixels when cropping

Added on Friday 9th of September 2011 06:32 am EST

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Preserve your image’s pixels when cropping
by Amy Palermo
Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
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 panel to display the New Layer dialog box, rename the layer, and click OK to unlock i...