Crop Images in Photoshop - Crop Tool Tips and Tricks

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hey everyone Steve Patterson here from

photoshop essentials comm in this video

I'll show you some great tips and tricks

you can use with the crop tool when

cropping images in Photoshop you'll

learn time-saving keyboard shortcuts a

few ways to customize the crop tool and

even how to use the crop tool to quickly

add a border around your image if you're

new to photoshop and not sure how to

crop images be sure to check out my

previous video where I cover the basics

I'll be using Photoshop CC but

everything here is fully compatible with

Photoshop cs6 let's get started here's

the image I'll be using I downloaded

this one from Adobe stock so let's start

with the crop tools keyboard shortcuts

to select the crop tool rather than

grabbing it from the toolbar just tap

the letter C on your keyboard as you're

resizing the crop border you can lock

the aspect ratio by holding down your

Shift key as you drag a corner handle to

resize the border from its center press

and hold alt or option on a Mac while

dragging a handle

and to both lock the aspect ratio and

resize the border from its center hold

shift alt or shift option on a Mac and

drag one of the corners

to swap the orientation of the crop

border between portrait and landscape

press the letter X if you want to hide

the area outside the crop border to get

a better sense of what the cropped

version will look like press H then

press H again to bring the cropped area

back by default when we click and drag

inside the crop border we move the image

around inside it while the border stays

in place to move the border not the

image you can switch to classic mode by

pressing the letter P then drag to move

the border around inside the image press

P again to return to the default mode if

you need to straighten your image you

can temporarily access the straighten

tool by pressing and holding ctrl or

command on a Mac while the crop tool is

active drag across something that should

be straight either vertically or

horizontally and then release your mouse

button to rotate the image when she was

straightened the image release Shari

ctrl or command key to switch back to

the crop tool to cancel the crop press

the Escape key on your keyboard let's

look at a couple of tips to use with the

crop overlay that appears inside the

border by default Photoshop displays the

rule of thirds overlay which can help

with our composition but if you click

the overlay icon in the options bar

you'll see that there are different

overlays to choose from to quickly cycle

through them from your keyboard press

the letter O

also by default Photoshop displays the

overlay at all times even when you're

not resizing the crop order but if you

click the overlay icon you'll find a

couple of other display options to

choose from

if you choose Auto Show overlay then

Photoshop will only display the overlay

while you're actually adjusting the

border which makes it easier to see your

image and choosing never show overlay

prevents the overlay from appearing at

all to switch back to the default mode

she was always show overlay from the


when you're ready to crop your image

press Enter or return on your keyboard

or you can double click inside the crop

border and if you need to undo the crop

press ctrl Z or command Z on a Mac and

finally the crop tool isn't just for

cropping images it can also be used to

add more canvas space around the image

giving us an easy way to add a border if

we look in the layers panel we see my

image on the background layer to keep

the border separate from the image it's

a good idea to duplicate the image first

to do that from your keyboard press ctrl

J or command J on a Mac a copy of the

image appears above the original

Photoshop will fill the new canvas space

with your current background color which

by default is white select the crop tool

either from the toolbar or by pressing

the letter C and in the options bar make

sure that the delete cropped pixels

option is turned on then drag the

handles away from the image to add more

canvas space hold alt or option on a Mac

as you drag to resize the canvas from

its center as you do you'll see

Photoshop filling the extra space with

your background color to accept it press

Enter or return on a Mac and there we

have it that's some tips and tricks you

can use with the crop tool the next time

you're cropping images in Photoshop as

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