Photo Editing with Photoshop: Cropping an Image

Cropping an Image in Photoshop

To crop an image means to cut a certain part of the picture out. To do this we’ll use a picture of a couple.

Cropping Images in Photoshop

With this image we want to take the man out of the picture so that the woman can use her face in her Facebook profile picture.

Open the image into the editing space. Then click the cropping tool on the left.

Cropping Images in Photoshop

When you click the cropping tool, place your mouse over the image, you’ll see that the cropping tool has been selected.

Using the mouse, left click and drag the cropping tool over the image that you want to see. Everything inside the square will stay; everything outside it will go away.

The part you want to crop will be highlighted in the squares. You can drag each side in or out to perfect the area. The part that stays dark is the part outside of the crop area.

Cropping Images in Photoshop

Once the squares are exactly where you want them to be, with the picture you want in the center of the area, click the crop icon again, then when the window pops up click crop.

Cropping Images in Photoshop

Now your picture will be cropped.

Cropping Images in Photoshop

Save the new picture under a different name than the original picture you brought in to crop. If you don’t, it will overwrite the original picture, and it will be gone.

You have many choices of how to save the image. It’s always good to save it as a Photoshop image first because you might find a mistake later that you want to be able to fix easily. You will also want to save a second copy for the place you are going to use it. In this case, save it as a JPG due to the fact that this is the best type of file to use on Facebook as a profile image.


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