Video Tutorial: How To Crop A Photo In Photoshop

There is so much more with the Crop tool that you can do.

This week’s tutorial I will show you other features of the Crop tool that will certainly be beneficial when using Photoshop.

Video: Maximise your Crop Tool

Here are the steps mentioned in the Video:

(View the video for full details and explanations)

Basic Use of the Crop Tool

  1. Load an image in Photoshop.
  2. Click on the Crop Tool or press C on the keyboard to activate it.
  3. Press Return to see the Handles that we can grab onto.
  4. Move the edges of the photos and everything outside the frame will be cropped out.
  5. Press the Return key to complete the step.

Changing the Ratio Size

  • You can change the ratio size of the image by going to the ratio settings on top of the screen and then choose the appropriate size you would like the cropped image to be.
    Note: If you do not want this option to be enabled you can just set “Clear” under the Clear Aspect Ratio Values. It is good to know that using this option might not be the best option if you wish to print the image.

Exploring Crop Tool Guides

  • When the Crop Tool enabled is you will see a grid across the image. This is because this is the selected guide when cropping the image.
  • You can changed this also to Rule of Thirds, Diagonal, Triangle and etc.
  • One interesting option is the Golden Spiral, it is based on the Fibonacci sequence.
  • When you select this option you can toggle your keyboard to switch to different position by pressing Shift+O on your keyboard.

Straighten Tool

  • Click on the Straighten tool.
  • Draw a line across the horizon and on the other end of the line you will see an angle indicating how much the horizon needs to shift in order to make it straight.
  • This option is perfect if you have an image where the horizon is not straight.

Delete Crop Pixels

  • When this option is deselected the part of the cropped image that was not included will still be there when you move the image around.


  • If this option is selected and you stretch the canvas of your image, it will fill the gap automatically with new pixels of the image.

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Comments on Video Tutorial: How To Crop A Photo In Photoshop

  1. RG Hunt says:

    Great video, Thanks.

  2. Lloyd Benliro says:

    neat, thanks

  3. Thank you ,
    much appreciated

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