Cropping images

You can remove unwanted portions of an image to create stronger compositions or change the image focus. Corel Paint Shop Pro helps you crop by providing presets to common image sizes, such as 4 X 6 inches or 10 X 15 centimeters. Cropping can reduce the amount of hard drive memory required for editing the image. Also, by eliminating extraneous areas of color, cropping can improve color corrections. If a photograph requires both cropping and color correction, you should crop the image first and then apply the color correction.

Important! Cropping permanently removes the image area outside the crop rectangle. To preserve the original photo, use the Save As command to save the cropped version of your image to a new filename.

You can remove unwanted portions of an image to create stronger compositions or to change the image focus.

To crop an image

1 On the Tools toolbar, choose the Crop tool.

The image area outside the crop rectangle is shaded.

2 Adjust the crop area size or position.

If you want to use a preset crop size, choose an option from the Presets drop-list on the Tool Options palette.

3 When you're ready to crop the image, click the Apply button ^ on the Tool Options palette.

You can also

Define the crop area interactively

Drag over the image with the Crop tool to define the crop area rectangle.

Adjust the crop area interactively

Drag any of the handles.

Move the entire crop rectangle

Place the cursor inside the crop area, and

drag.

Constrain the crop area to its current

Mark the Maintain aspect ratio check box

proportions

on the Tool Options palette. This option is

available only for custom-defined crop

rectangles.

Clear the crop area and start over

Right-click anywhere in the image.

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