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Getting the Perfect Image Size
One of the first things you learn how to do in Photoshop, save for placing simple shapes and moving objects, is almost always how to crop an image in Photoshop, and its frequently paired with the trim and resize features. However, you might not be using these features to their full potential. This article will walk you through the process of cropping, trimming, and resizing your images. This tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop CS4, but should work with just about any version of Photoshop from 6.0 and up.
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Cropping is when you remove a portion of your image to help bring the focus onto a certain part. It's particularly useful for bring the focus into certain areas in photographs - or if you're like me - trimming away excess parts of the canvas when you do a project. There are two different ways you can go about cropping, and both will yield the same effect.
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Grab your square marquee and draw a box around the area you wish to keep.
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The trim feature works to crop out unwanted parts of your images, but has more advanced options then just the crop tool alone. This works incredibly well for those of us who prefer to work on large canvases and size down later on. The most notable thing about the trim tool is that it has the option of trimming out transparent pixels, great for making projects, such as buttons for websites, more compact.
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Resizing is exactly what it sounds like - changing the size of your images. Using Photoshop's Image Size feature, you've got a few different ways to resize your images.