How to Crop Images in ImageBrowser EX on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

You can crop an image on your Canon EOS 6D to get rid of unwanted pixels. When you crop an image, you end up with a smaller image size as well. To crop an image in ImageBrowser EX:

  1. Select the image you want to edit and then click the Edit button.

    The menu drops down to reveal the editing options.

  2. Select Crop Image.

    The Cropping dialog box appears. You have two methods of trimming an image. The first is to simply drag the handles until you’ve cropped away any unwanted pixels. This method is fine when you create an image for the web or to send via e-mail.

    However, when you want to print an image on photo paper with set dimensions, you need to use the second method — crop to an aspect ratio from the Advanced Options choices. The following steps show you how to crop manually.


  3. Drag the handles.

    Drag any handle to trim the image to a different size. Click inside the trim box and then drag to move the box to trim to a different area of the image.

  4. Click the Cropping button.

    The image trims to size. If you don’t like the results, click the Redo button.

  5. Click the Save As button and then in the Save As dialog box, follow the prompts to save the image.

Cropping an image in ImageBrowser EX is an inexact science, but you can add precision to cropping if you use the Advanced Options and follow these steps:

  1. Select the image you want to edit and then click the Edit button.

    The menu drops down to reveal the editing options.

  2. Select Crop Image.

    The Cropping dialog box appears. Now it’s time to add precision to cropping.

  3. Click Advanced Options.

    The Advanced Options for cropping images appears.


  4. Choose an option from the Aspect Ratio drop-down menu.

    You can maintain the original aspect ratio, or choose one that matches the media on which you’re going to print the image. Your options are: Manual, Maintain Original, 1:1, 3:2, 2:3, 4:3, 3:4, 16:9, or 9:16. If you’re not familiar with aspect ratio, it compares the proportion of the width compared to the height.

    When you choose 3:2, the image is cropped to a size that is 3 units high and 2 units wide. For example, if you wanted to print the image on 6-x-4-inch paper, you’d choose the 3:2 aspect ratio. Oddly there is no aspect ratio that matches the popular 10 x 8 print size.

  5. If you want to crop the image according to the Rule of Thirds, click the Rule of Thirds check box.

    This places an overlay of nine rectangles on top of the cropping rectangle. If you’re not familiar with this rule of composition, a Rule of Thirds power point is where the edges of two rectangles intersect. If you crop your image so that a center of interest, like an object or a person, appears on one of the small squares, your viewer will be drawn toward the center of interest.

  6. Enter values for the X and Y coordinates for the upper-left corner of the cropping rectangle.

    If you use ImageBrowser EX to do your cropping, you’ll have no idea where these coordinates are. Use the cropping rectangle handles to crop the image by eye. The X and Y coordinates appear in these text boxes after you crop manually. You can tweak the position of the upper-left corner of the cropping rectangle by changing the values slightly until you can see the results you’re after.

  7. Enter the Cropping Area size.

    This is the dimension in pixels of the cropped image. This requires a bit of math on your part. Your camera has a default resolution of 240 pixels per inch. Therefore, you’ll have to multiply the desired width and height by 240 and enter these values in the W and H text boxes.

    For example, if you want to print a 6 x 4 image, you enter 1440 (6 inches x 240) in the W text box and 960 in the H text box. Unfortunately, even if you choose the desired aspect ratio, you cannot enter the width and have ImageBrowser EX automatically figure the height. For this type of sophistication, you’ll need an image-editing application like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements.

  8. Click Cropping.

    The image is cropped to your specifications.

  9. Click Save As.

    The Save As dialog box appears. The image is saved using the JPEG file format.

  10. Enter a name for the image, and specify the folder in which to save the image.

    Use a different name for the image, especially if you’re cropping a JPEG image. If you use the same name and save it in the same folder, you overwrite the original, which is not a good thing.