How to Crop Images in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Crop Images in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

The most popular way to crop an image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 is by using the Crop tool. This simple tool is as easy and effective to use as a T-square and an X-ACTO knife, just without the possibility of bodily injury. The Crop tool got a big makeover in Version CS6. Here are the steps to crop your image:

  1. Select the Crop tool from the Tools panel (or press C on the keyboard).

    Version CS5 gave users an added aid in framing our images with crop overlays of Grid and Rule of Thirds. Version CS6 includes these in the View options pop-up menu located on the Options bar.

  2. Adjust the crop box by dragging the handles or sides.

    The default movement of the crop box in relation to the image itself has changed in Version CS6. Not only does the crop box adjust as you size it, but the image also moves. The reason for this is because Photoshop is keeping the crop box centered on the canvas.

    This change can be disconcerting for old time Photoshop users. If you don’t like the new movement, select Use Classic Mode from the Set Additional Crop options drop-down menu, or simply deselect Auto Center Preview. You will then be able to adjust the Crop box without the image moving underneath.

    Select the Show Cropped Area option to display the portion of the image you are cropping away. Deselecting this option will not display that portion and for some users can help to better frame what you want to retain.

    If you move your mouse outside the crop box, the cursor changes to a curved, double-headed arrow. Dragging with this cursor rotates the image. Your canvas will now auto expand, and your crop box contracts to fit the image.

    This feature can be useful when you want to rotate and crop a crooked image at the same time. Just be aware that rotation, unless it’s in 90-degree increments, resamples your image — which, if done repeatedly, can damage your image. Getting the rotation right the first time around is for the best.

    The Crop tool options bar now includes a Straighten option. To straighten the image, simply click the Straighten button on the Options bar and drag the cursor along your desired horizontal axis.


  3. Double-click inside the crop box.

    You can also just press Enter (Return on the Mac) or click the Commit (check mark icon) button on the Options bar. Photoshop discards the area outside the marquee.


    If you want to reset the crop box, image rotation, or aspect ratio, click the Reset button (curved arrow). If you want to cancel the crop, just press Esc or click Cancel (the slashed circle icon) on the Options bar.