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Chortle Fezian Inactive Member19 May 2009 8:35 p.m. PST

I've used Photoshop for years but I have never been able to figure this out. I want to crop images (like framing a picture) for my web site. I want to keep a standard size say, 400 x 300. But to start with I just want to "frame" and that means keeping the aspect ratio (in this case 4:3.)

Is there any way that I can do this?

After I have everything cropped in the correct aspect ratio I can use a script to take images to the correct size. But I have to crop first, since this is must be done by eye.

Hope I've explained this OK.


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Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2009 9:55 p.m. PST

After choosing the crop tool, type values to give desired aspect ratio where it says width and height in the bar at the top of work area, hit return. This will give a crop area on the picture which can be resized on the corner squares keeping the aspect ratio.


Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 May 2009 6:09 a.m. PST

A possibly easier (certainly faster) way to do this is to open a new document with the proper aspect ratio and dimensions. Copy the original image (select-all) and paste into the new document. Move the image around until you're satisfied and then "flatten image" and save.

You can use the same file as a template for the other images – just remember to "Save As".


Chortle Fezian Inactive Member21 May 2009 4:31 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tips. I now have a new insight into photoshop :)

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