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Adobe Photoshop Elements Image Menu - Including Crop, Transform, and Resize

written by: xanadu324•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/10/2009

This Photoshop Elements tutorial explains the different options of cropping, transforming, and resizing your photographs to make them look their very best.

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    Transform

    Transform has a few options available for editing your images. The first is Free Transform. This allows you to twist, turn, stretch, and resize your photo in any way you’d like. If you aren’t working with a multi-layer image, Elements will ask you if you’d like to make the background into a layer to allow you to use Free Transform. Skew is the next option available. Skew will allow you to grab onto a corner or side of your photo and move it around. This will cause your photo to look stretched out or retracted in areas. The next option, Distort, allows you to drag your photo to look as though it’s being looked at from above, or gives it a 3-D effect. Perspective is the last option within the Transform sub-menu. This option allows you to stretch and adjust your photo to give the effect you’re looking through the photo. It will make things towards the top of the photo look farther away, and those towards the bottom of the photo look closer to you.

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    Cropping and Dividing Scanned Photos

    Crop: Cropping your photo is a great way to make it look better overall. It’s much like using a pair of scissors on a photo, but on your computer. You cut off the parts of the photo you don’t like and you’re left with a better looking photograph.

    Divide Scanned Photos: This option works well for anyone who scans more than one photo at a time. Rather than scanning each photo individually, or trying to crop the photos, paste to a new document, save that file, etc…Photoshop Elements will do all of that for you. Scan your photos together with your scanner, open the file into Elements and go to Image>Divide Scanned Photos. Elements will scan for the edges of each photo and separate them into different files.

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    Resize

    Within the Resize menu selection you have four options: Image Size, Canvas Size, Reveal All, and Scale. Image size allows you to resize the image while keeping the canvas you’re working on the same size. Canvas size will resize the canvas you’re working on while keeping your photo the same size. Reveal All is used when part of your layer falls outside the parameters of the target image. It will resize your canvas in order to show the entire layer. Lastly, Scale allows you to size the photo to your exact specifications. If you want to print a 3x5 photo for example, Scale will allow you to resize the photo directly to 3x5.

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