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Crop perfectly sized images every time

Added on Friday 22nd of February 2008 07:23 am EST
 
Application:
Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

I’m working on a project and I have to resize various images to a fixed dimension. I usually set the Rectangular Marquee tool to the exact size I want, marquee my selection, add ruler guides, and then select the Crop tool and crop based on those guides. But often I need to resize the image because I’m usually off by a few pixels. There has to be an easier way to do this. Is there?

Oh, there most certainly is an easier way to do this! Just as you can set fixed dimensions for the Rectangle Marquee tool, you can also set fixed dimensions for the Crop tool.

To set fixed cropping dimensions:
 

  1. Open an image that you want to crop. We’ll use Figure A for our example.


A

  1. Select the Crop tool from the Tools palette.
  2. Enter your desired dimensions in the Width and Height text boxes on the tool options bar. Then,...