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Tony Peckman

Easy Solution to Cropping in PS CS?

I have a senior portrait yearbook requirement for the print to be 2.5" x 3.5" and the subjects head to be 1" top of head to chin. Question: Is there a simple way to crop the picture to the 2.5x3.5 size with ensuring the head size req.? Or is it a crop & measure (with the side rulers)process?
I'm using Photoshop CS.

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6/13/2005 9:28:36 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  If you use your crop tool with those measurements, then you should be able to do that, but I would NOT recommend this. I would just print the photo to that particular size print. This is much easier and that way you are not messing with the data of the photo. The original photo needs to be taken in such a way that it adheres to the requirements.

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6/13/2005 10:20:25 AM

Michael H. Cothran   There is a measuring tool in your side toolbar made specifically for this purpose. Once you size your image, you draw the measuring tool from head to chin, and it will tell you how long it is.
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6/13/2005 10:50:32 AM

Marybeth D. Parker   In Photoshop, click on the cropping tool (below the lasso) in the tool palette. When you do this, a tool bar will appear at the top of the screen specific to this tool. You can fill in your width and height in inches (2.5 & 3.5) and if you have a dpi requirement, you can fill that in too (not required). Now, when you crop, it will keep your crop in these dimensions.
When selecting the crop area, if you are having a hard time seeing if the crop is what you want, play with the shield color and opacity (now in the tool bar), so that you can see what your final image will look like. When you are happy with your image, double click within the cropped area. Don't forget to use "file/save as" or start the process with "file/duplicate", so you don't lose your original.
After you have finished cropping, click the clear button in the tool bar so that it won't drive you crazy when you are working on a different project!
I hope this helps!

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6/16/2005 6:05:47 AM

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