Trouble with cropping & resolution question

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Sun, 11 March 2007 21:20 Go to next message
Kugar13 (Photoshop expert)
Hello,

I am new to photoshop and am having some trouble with the cropping feature. I would like to crop a picture without it changing anything else. Once I crop a picture it cuts away at my template (background) and everything else. I tried hiding everything and cropping the picture and it still effected the other layers. I tried putting the picture in its own group and cropping it and it still effected the other group. I don't know how to crop a picture without it effecting anything else in the work area. Please help!

Also, the tutorial I found for making dvd covers was almost 2 years old. It suggested using a resolution of 200 for pics used for a dvd cover. Is this still standard?

Thank you very much!!
Sun, 11 March 2007 23:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael_D_Sullivan (Photoshop expert)
If you want to keep the canvas size and layout, and merely crop the image, make sure the image you are cropping is on its own layer. Then use a rectangular marquee to line up where you want it cropped (make sure feather is set to 0). Invert the selection and press Delete.
Sun, 11 March 2007 23:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bernie (Photoshop expert)
A better option may be to reate a layer mask once you have made the selection, that way instead of deleting parts of you layer, you are merely hiding it.
Sun, 11 March 2007 23:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael_D_Sullivan (Photoshop expert)
Good point. Another option would be to use a clipping mask.
Mon, 12 March 2007 09:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kugar13 (Photoshop expert)
Thanks guys!
I'll look into layer masks, clipping masks, and how to invert a selection.
Thanks again!
Mon, 12 March 2007 13:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
John-Pierre_Hannam (Photoshop begginer)
You could also try selecting the part you want to keep with a selection tool (lasso, rectangle, etc.), copy it, and paste it to a new layer. Then turn off the original layer. Again, this is assuming you have separate layers for your background and foreground.

Jake
Mon, 12 March 2007 16:47 Go to previous message
Phosphor (Photoshop expert)
" You could also try selecting the part you want to keep with a selection
tool (lasso, rectangle, etc.)..."




....then just hit CTRL + J to automatically copy it—in place—to a new layer. (No "CTRL + C, CTRL + V" necessary)

Additionally, "CTRL + Shift + J" will CUT a selection from the original layer and place it—in place—in a new layer.
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