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Epson Computer Tip: Cropping Photos for High Impact
By Barbara Kotsos

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If you want to give your scrapbook layout great impact, try cropping your photos to really zoom in on your subject. When you crop digitally using Photoshop Elements, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Open your photo and select the Crop Tool by either clicking on this tool in your tools palette, or just by hitting C on your keyboard.

Step 2: Click your mouse on your photo and drag to mark off the area you want to keep. A cropping border will appear around this area and the part to be cropped away will appear darker. You can make the cropping border bigger or smaller by dragging the corner or side handles, or you can move it around your picture by clicking inside the border and dragging with your mouse.

Step 3: Once you have the border where you want it, simply click on the checkmark at the bottom right of the cropping border (PSE 4.0) or on your options toolbar (earlier versions of PSE). Or simply hit the Enter button on your keyboard.

That’s all there is to it!

If you want to crop to a specific size, you’ll want to pay attention to the Options Bar for the crop tool. The pull-down menu (next to Aspect Ratio) gives you several options:

¨ No Restriction – use this option when you want to crop your photo without any restrictions (like you would with a paper trimmer). Selecting No Restriction will also clear out any dimensions in the options bar that were set for previous crops.

¨ Use Photo Ratio – this is a handy way to figure out just how big your picture is in the first place (and its resolution). You can also use it to crop your picture so that the area cropped will stay the same size as the original picture.

¨ Preset Crop Sizes (4x6, 5x7, etc) – this is a quick option if you need to crop your photo to a standard size.

You can also type in your own dimensions and resolution in the Options Bar. This is especially useful if you need your picture to fit behind a slide mount or small frame, for example. Simply measure the opening of the frame and put those dimensions in the Options bar. Just make sure you set the resolution to 300 pixels/inch for printing.

Have fun bringing impact to your layouts with cropping!

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