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Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
 

re-sizing digital pics


Hey all,

I been taking some cool pics with my new 30d and 100mm macro, and im thinking some of them would look really nice being SQUARE, instead of the rectangle shape.

Is there a way to make the image square and retain the full frame, or is it just a matter of cropping and losing some of the image.
Whichever it is, can someone pretty please try explain to me how I might do this using photoshop?

thanku so much :)


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3/16/2006 4:33:43 AM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Unfortunately, you'll have to crop the image to attain a square format. When you shoot new images, keep in mind the square format you like, and take 2 versions of the image, 1 normal and 1 zoomed out a little more (or in your case, back off a little) keeping your main subject in the center of the frame. This gives you a little more leeway so you can crop off the edges and have a square image.


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3/16/2006 5:43:36 AM

 
Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
  Thanks paul...

Im just wondering now HOW I do it? To get a perfectly square sized image????


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3/16/2006 10:10:35 PM

 
Dan Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005
  in photoshop elements 2.0 you click on the shape tool then click the polygone a drop down will appear and ask how many sides type 4 and then click on the image and drag the + it will make a perfect square....

if you try to use the rectangle box/looking thing it will dirve you crazy trying to even it up....
hope this helps..

D.J.


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3/16/2006 11:19:18 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  In the newer versions of Photoshop (7-CS2) and Elements (3,4) you would open the crop tool, then up at the top of the window is an options bar. You can enter the specific size you want the square to be, 8x8, 10x10 etc. Then, when you drag out the crop tool it will stop at the size you specified. You would then just position the new crop box where you desire, and click on the check mark in the options bar. Hint, unless you want to resize you're image when you crop it, leave the resolution box empty.


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3/17/2006 3:54:51 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  hi ben, my suggestion would be to trade me your 30D and lens for my 350D and then you can have square shots... ( shhhh, dont tell him the 350 D wont take square shots, I just dont wanna wait for the 30D to come to the USA..lol)
Just kidding Ben. Yeah, what Paul T said...the only way, if you just re-size and use a square dimension, youll distort your shot to death!
you can "Pull" back as you shoot so you can square crop later and not lose any of the subject.
hows that set up? 30D and 100MM macro? its what im wanting too!
Craig-


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3/18/2006 7:47:00 PM

 
Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
 
 
 
Hey craig, IM LOVING IT!!!

my first REAL digital and its taken a bit of getting used to from using a film rangefinder (xpan)..

I got the 100mm macro and the 14ex ring lite flash and handgrip, and it is one big unit!!!
Very solid, quite heavy, but feels comfortable and very well balanced....
Im gonna try upload a pic so see how we go...

This is after 2 days of using :)


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3/19/2006 4:35:19 AM

 
Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
 
 
 
Okay so I dont think I can get it to work.
Try my gallery, its the only pic in there!!!


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3/19/2006 5:00:30 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  yeah... I'm with Craig...just give me your 30d that I'm waiting for and I'll make all your pictures square for you.


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3/19/2006 5:01:50 AM

 
Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
  "just give me your 30d that I'm waiting for and I'll make all your pictures square for you"

Hi Deborah.. Just wanted to remind you of a saying..
Good things come to those who wait :) hahaa


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3/19/2006 5:10:13 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Another trick for a perfect Square Crop. (From PSE2 anyway.) Select the Crop Tool, and start in the upper left corner... drag out your bounding box, but hold down the Shift key. This will force the bounding box to become square. Let go when you've got the size you like---you can then move the square bounding box on the image with the keyboard arrow keys. (When using those arrow keys, each press of the arrow will move 1 pixel at a time in that direction. Holding Shift, with the arrows, will jump 10 pixels.)
Yet another way... useful for cropping to "Rule of Thirds" as well... Reset your vertical and horizontal rulers so that "0" is dead centered on the image, instead of the default upper-left position. Drag out a Crop bounding box, then zoom in to 100% view (or more). Now you can drag the border of your crop box and align it precisely on a ruler measurement. (ie. drag left edge to 8, drag right edge to 8, top edge to 8 and bottom edge to 8, and you'd have an 8" square crop.) I use this for the R.O.T. cropping, for instance, resetting the ruler "0" to say, the eye of a bird, then determining what the 1/3 - 2/3 relationship should be.


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3/19/2006 5:14:26 AM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Hey Ben, shouldn't that have been "na nana nana na" LOL. Don't tease, I waiting, too!


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3/19/2006 6:01:55 AM

 
Ben F
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2004
  oi seriously, I live in australia, and I got mine the day I ordered it..

I cant believe you guys in the US dont have it yet?.. unless theyve all come and gone, and you guys are waiting for new shipment???

I guess if you got the 20D nothing much has changed, but still a very nice camera :)


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3/19/2006 6:22:43 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Made a typo in my earlier post---if you drag each of the 4 edges to 8 on the ruler (after re-centering the ruler's 0) you'd have a 16" square crop!
Also, when using the Shift-drag Crop method, if you want to change the size of the existing square bounding box, hold the Shift again, and your changes will be square, when you grab one of the bounding box corners to drag in or out.


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3/19/2006 6:23:23 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  no we haven't gotten any yet. the release date for u.s. is april 2006. so we are sitting here patiently waiting.


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3/19/2006 12:20:02 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  as for me, while im waiting, im blowing out all my good junk on ebay so I can purchase one when it comes out. Then I will sell of the 350D and then ill be happy.... I hope! I know I dont need the 30D but I just want it. Or better yet, the 1dmk2n but thats just a dream for me...lol Cant wait.
Craig-


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3/19/2006 6:17:26 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Craig, you forgot the new Range Rover to haul that 1D Mk11n in. Oh, and the 600 f/4 for those long range suburban soccer games. If yer gonna dream....


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3/19/2006 7:09:24 PM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  D.J.

"if you try to use the rectangle box/looking thing it will dirve you crazy trying to even it up...."

I love it. "box/looking thing" LOL
you guys are funny!
So, what does the thing-a-ma-bob do?


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3/22/2006 6:05:01 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  ben if your using photoshop.. try doing a frame around it... get the actions from action central...gogle it!
Craig-


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3/22/2006 7:15:27 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
 
 
 
I personally think the easiest way to do a square is to select your marquee tool. at the top where it says Style and default should be 'Normal'. Click that and click 'Fixed Aspect Ratio". Type in 1 and 1. Now for every 1 over, it'll be 1 down, hence a perfect box. Also if you right click and click 'Transform Selection' you can change the size of it once you've made it. Go up to the top and click the Chain Link. Now the sides ratio will stay in the same proportion, keeping your square.


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3/22/2006 8:43:52 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  also another easy way (with outstanding resolution) is to buy a hassy 6x6!!! lol. (sorry dorky film joke)


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3/22/2006 8:45:53 PM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2005
  Nice to see that there are SOME items readily available in Australia! I have a 350D, and had to wait WEEKS to get a couple of very basic accessories, such as a remote release cable! Next time I might try e-Bay from Hong Kong! I could only dream of a 30D... :o)


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3/22/2006 9:50:29 PM

 
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