Reshaping tools in Adobe Photoshop are useful when you only need an area of the figure or image to be resized. As a professional tool Adobe Photoshop, it has many features to further facilitate the Reshaping of images. The usefulness of the tools will be noticeable when facing such difficulties and needs. Thus, it occurs easily using the Crop Tool (C) and Perspective Crop Tool (C) of Adobe Photoshop tools to the work of removing unnecessary image areas, with the ability to resize if desired in the same step. Under the following guide, we will go through important details for Crop and Straighten Photos and Transform Perspective While Cropping.
CROP AND STRAIGHTEN PHOTOS
Cropping is the process of removing portions of an image to create focus or strengthen the composition. Use the Crop tool to chop away parts of our image and straighten them inside Photoshop. You can choose to retain the cropped pixels to optimize the crop boundaries later. The Crop tool also provides intuitive methods to straighten the image while cropping.
Crop or remove part of an image
1. From the toolbar, select the Crop Tool (C). Crop borders display on the edges of the image.
2. Draw a new cropping area or drag the corner and edge handles to specify the crop boundaries in the image.
3. (Optional) Specify the Crop options using the Control bar.
Under this picture you will see the different options Crop Tool gives to us
Size and proportions Choose a ratio or size for the crop box. You can also choose a preset, enter your own, or even define your own preset values for later use.
View Choose a view to display overlay guides while cropping. Guides such as Rule of Thirds, Grid, and Golden Ratio are available. To cycle through all the options, press O.
Crop Options. Click the Settings menu to specify additional crop options.
• Use Classic mode. Enable this option if want to use the Crop tool like it was in previous versions of Photoshop CS6.
• Auto-center preview. Enable this option to place the preview in the center of the canvas.
• Show cropped area. Enable this option to display the area that is cropped. If this option is disabled, only the final area is previewed.
• Enable crop shield. Use the crop shield to overlay the cropped areas with a tint. You can there specify a color and opacity. If you Enable Auto Adjust Opacity, the opacity is reduces when you edit the crop boundaries.
Delete cropped pixels Disable this option to apply a non-destructive crop and retain pixels outside the crop boundaries. Non-destructive cropping does not remove any pixels. You can later on click the image to see areas outside current crop borders.
Enable this option to delete any pixels that are outside the crop area. These pixels are lost and are not available for future adjustments.
Straighten an image
An image can be straightened while cropping. The image is then rotated and aligned to straighten it. The image canvas will become automatically resized to accommodate the rotated pixels.
Rotate the image using the crop tool to straighten it
To straighten an image do one of the following:
• Place the pointer a little outside the corner handles and drag to rotate the image. A grid displays inside the crop box and the image rotates behind it.
• Click Straighten in the control bar and then using the Straighten tool, draw a reference line to straighten the photo. For example, draw a line along the horizon or an edge to straighten the image along it.
TRANSFORM PERSPECTIVE WHILE CROPPING
The Perspective Crop tool (C) lets you transform the perspective in an image while cropping. Use the Perspective Crop tool when working with images that contain keystone distortion. Keystone distortion occurs when an object is photographed from an angle rather than from a straight-on view. For example, if you take a picture of a tall building from ground level, the edges of the building appear closer to each other at the top than they do at the bottom.
Steps to transform perspective
B.Adjust cropping marquee to match the object’s edges
1. To correct image perspective, hold down the Croptool and select the Perspective Croptool.
2. Draw a marquee around the distorted object. Match the edges of the marquee to the rectangular edges of the object.
3. Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to complete the perspective crop.
Resize the canvas using the Crop tool
You can also use the Crop tool to resize the image canvas.
1. From the toolbar, select the Crop Tool. Crop borders display on the edges of the image.
2. Drag the crop handles outwards to enlarge the canvas. Use the Alt/Option modifier key to enlarge from all sides.
3. Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to confirm the action.
To resize the canvas, you can also choose Image > Canvas Size.
Finally, resizing in Photoshop can help you print your images in standard photo sizes, resize and preserve the high quality of digital photos, and enlarge small images to a poster size.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS TO FOLLOW
To learn in detail each of these tools, we recommend:
Practice with some images that are free and have no copyright restrictions and to put them in a public place. Forums for designers tend to have a newbies area where you can seek advice from more experienced users.
Try and use the quick access keyboard for each tool.
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