Use the Recompose Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

This great tool actually allows you to resize, or as the name implies, recompose, your image without losing any vital content. For example, if you need to have people in your shot closer together because you need the final, cropped image to be more square than rectangular, this tool can help. Here’s how it works:

1

In Full Photo Edit mode, select the Recompose tool from the Tools panel.

It shares a space with the Crop tool. You can also press the C or Shift+C key(s).

A dialog box appears, giving you a little info on this new tool. You can even watch an online tutorial. Click OK to move on.

2

With the Mark for Protection Brush (green brush with a lock icon) in the Options bar, brush over the areas in your image that you want to keep or protect.

You can specify your brush size with the Size option slider. You can erase any mistakes by using the Erase Highlights Marked for Protection tool (eraser with a lock icon).

3

With the Mark for Removal Brush (red brush with an x icon) in the Options bar, brush over the areas in your image that you want to remove or aren’t vital to your final image.

You can specify your brush size with the Size option slider. You can erase any mistakes by using the Erase Highlights Marked for Removal tool (eraser with an x icon).

4

Specify any other desired settings from the Options bar.

Select the Highlight Skin Tones (man icon) option to preserve skin tones from distorting when resizing.

Choose from Preset aspect ratios to have your image framed to those dimensions.

The Width and Height option resizes your image to your specified dimensions.

The Amount option specifies the ratio of recomposed sizing to normal sizing. If you see too much distortion, lower your percentage.

5

Resize, or recompose, your image by dragging the corner or side handles.

Recompose your image to your desired size and aspect ratio without losing vital content.

6

Click the Commit button (green check mark icon) when you have your desired composition.

Remember to save your final image.

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