Learn all about cropping images in Photoshop, including how to use the Crop Tool, how to straighten images, how to crop photos to exact frame sizes, and more, with these 8 complete lessons!
Written by Steve Patterson.
We start in Lesson 1 with the basics of how to crop images in Photoshop using the Crop Tool, including how to crop your photos non-destructively to avoid making permanent changes to the image. We also take our first look at how to straighten images with the Crop Tool before covering it in more detail in Lesson 2.
While the Crop Tool is most often to used to crop away parts of an image, it can also be used to quickly add more canvas space around a photo, great for adding a decorative border. We’ll learn how to do that in Lesson 3. And in Lesson 4, you’ll learn the essential Crop Tool tips and tricks that make cropping images in Photoshop easier than ever.
Lesson 5 looks at Photoshop’s Perspective Crop Tool, a similar but separate tool that lets us crop images while fixing perspective problems caused by shooting your subject on an angle. And in Lesson 6, you’ll learn how the Crop Tool makes it easy to crop and resize photos to match the exact frame size you need!
Lesson 7 covers content-aware cropping, a new feature added to Photoshop CC that lets us add more room around a photo by automatically filling the empty space with more photo! And finally, if you grow tired of cropping images as rectangles or squares, Lesson 8 shows you the simple trick to cropping images as a circle!
All of the tutorials in this series are also available to download as PDFs! Let’s get started!
Rotating and straightening images in Photoshop often leaves empty spaces in the corners. In this lesson, you’ll learn how content-aware cropping in Photoshop CC can automatically fill in those empty spaces with more detail. You’ll also learn how to extend the edges of your photo using content-aware crop.