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February 25, 2011

Photoshop Tutorial – Secrets of the Crop Tool

Filed under: Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

It seems simple enough. Drag the copy tool across your image, adjust the sides to your wishes and hit enter. You’ve cropped your image. But there is more. Here are a few uses you may not know about.

Keeping the same proportions

Keeping the same proportions

1. Keeping the same proportions

For many end uses, I find it useful to keep the same proportions as the original, usually 2×3 or 3×2. This is a simple task with the crop tool. Just hold down the Shift key as you drag the tool across the image and you’ll find that the crop has been restrained to the original proportions.

Do a perspective crop

Do a perspective crop

2. Do a perspective crop

You can change the perspective while you are cropping. After dragging your crop tool to create a marquee, you can click on the Perspective checkbox on the tool’s menu at the top. This allows you to shift any of the corners of the marquee, increasing or decreasing the perspective from that side.

Crop and Rotate

Crop and Rotate

3. Crop and rotate

After dragging your crop tool to make a marquee in your image, you can rotate your crop before finalizing it. Just hold your mouse outside any corner and click and hold when the double arrow shaped courser appears. You can then drag your marquee in the direction you wish to rotate. Double click inside the marquee or hit enter to finish.

Hide your crop, don't delete

Hide your crop, don't delete

4. Hide your crop, don’t delete

I can find little real world use for the next secret of the cropping tool, but its kind of cute. It needs to be done on an image layer rather than the background, so double-click on the background layer in your layers menu to convert it. After setting your marquee, click the Hide checkbox and complete your crop by hitting the Enter key. If you change to the move tool (The up arrow at the top), you will find you can move the image around and the portion that was outside your crop will appear, as it was not deleted. I suppose this might be useful if you wanted to look at various crops of a certain size.

Crop to match dimensions of another image

Crop to match dimensions of another image

5. Crop to match dimensions of another image

Select the crop tool and make the image whose dimensions you want to match the active one. At the tool menu bar at the top, click on “Front Image”. Applying the crop tool to a second image will automatically provide a crop if the same dimensions as the first image.

Index to Photoshop Tutorials.

This tutorial is a part of the Photoshop Workflow Series

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February 24, 2011

Ashokan Covered Bridge, New York

Filed under: Covered Bridge,New York — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

 

Ashokan Covered Bridge, New York

Ashokan Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1885

Builders: Nelson Tompkins

Description: Near Olivebridge, New York, It was moved to this spot from it’s original location over the Beaverkill River in Turnwood in 1938 after being purchased by L.A. Moerhing for one dollar. His widow sold the property including the bridge, and it eventually became part of the New Platz campus in 1957.

Ashokan Covered Bridge, New York Ashokan Covered Bridge, New York


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February 21, 2011

A Bit of the Cloud Forest, Panama

Filed under: Birds,Panama,Scenic — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Cloud Forest, Panama

Cloud Forest, Panama

Rich volcanic soil, plenty of moisture and warm temperatures, these ingredients will create a wondrous diversity of life. The image above was taken in the Chiriqui Highlands of Panama.

The small bird is a Red-faced Spinetail, on the ground below a trail of leaf-cutter ants , huge monsters of tress support mosses, epiphytes, wild orchids, long twisting vines, strangler figs, ferns and butterflies,  and a huge host of other wonders.

A visit to these places can capture you and you will want to return again and again.


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February 17, 2011

Hamden Covered Bridge, New York

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Hamden Covered Bridge, New York

Hamden Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1859

Builders: Robert Murray

Description: Originally a single span, an additional pier was added in the 1940’s. It was refurbished in 2000, and at that time the flying buttresses were removed. Found in the Village of Hamden.

Hamden Covered Bridge, New York Hamden Covered Bridge, New York


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February 10, 2011

February 9, 2011

Fitches Covered Bridge, New York

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Fitches Covered Bridge, New York

Fitches Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1870

Builders: James Frazier and James Warren

Description: Refurbished in 2001, this is a great looking bridge in a quiet rural setting, well worth a visit.

Fitches Covered Bridge, New York Fitches Covered Bridge, New York

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February 8, 2011

February 7, 2011

New York’s Covered Bridges (Video)- A New Series

Filed under: Covered Bridge,New York — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

I will be starting a new series this week on New York State’s 24 Traditional Covered Bridges.

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