About Crop Tool

crop tool

Most Photoshop users must be aware about the crop tool that Photoshop has to offer. But most of you just know it as only a tool that can be used to cut scenes from images that you want to remove. But the crop tool has many things to offer other than to just cut images. Here in this article, I will tell you various implementations of this tool which you will find really interesting and real fun to use.

1. Simple Crop

Now every one is familiar with the crop tool and the simplest function that it has to offer which is to cut the images as required by the user.

Press the letter ‘ C ‘ to select the crop tool and then select the area by dragging the cursor till that point where you want to stop.If you are not happy with your selection, adjust the crop area by just clicking inside the selected area and moving the area that you have highlighted and then press the enter key and the image will be cropped .

original image


selecting the area

        final image

2. Hide Crop

This is an interesting feature that crop tool offers. Suppose if you have cropped an image but you are not satisfied with the image and you want your deleted pixels back, then this is what you need to do. Now this can be done through a simple feature that the crop tool offers, i.e. hide option. In the crop menu, you will find 2 options – Delete and Hide.

Now in this menu, the default is delete but instead you can select the hide option if you don’t want to delete your pixels but instead, you can hide those pixels and then you can get your pixels back.

Now when you have cropped your image but you are still not satisfied with the positioning, you can just move the cropped image with the help of the move tool and select the area that you require. Nice and easy.

If you want all your pixels back, just go to the image option and choose reveal. You will get all your pixels back or you will have your original image back.


3. Adjustments of Crop Tools

Here I will tell you how you can adjust the layout of your crop tool to get more refined crop and have a nice selection.

1. When you have your image selected and you want your crop to be of uniform from all four sizes, instead of dragging the vertices of the crop to make it  uniform, you have another simple option that lets you crop your image in a uniform size. Just hold down the ALT key and grab one of the vertices and drag it. You will notice that a uniform crop area will be selected. Try it.

2. The crop tool not only crops an image. It can also create pixels to work. Sounds insane but yes it’s true. Let me show you how through these images.

       original image

Now select the full image by dragging the cursor from one of the edges of the image. After selecting the full image, press the ALT key and while holding one of the edges of the image, drag your mouse and leave it at a point when you are satisfied that you want this much pixels to be added to your original image.

Press the Alt Key

Now when you hit enter, you will see some white pixels will be added around your image as white is the default colour for background. You can change the colour of your background as per your preference.

final image


As you can see, now that some white pixels have been added to your image as a background, you can add some text or other cool effects to make your image look attractive and nice.

These are basic things you need to know while working with the crop tool. I will show you how to create more cool effects with the help of the crop tool in my next posts. Till then, try these techniques.

About Steve Robbins:
Steve Robbins is a self professed geek loves all Tech. He was the former chief writer and editor for TechBugs.

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24 Responses to About Crop Tool

  1. Imran Soudagar says:

    Thanks for the useful information. I was not knowing that we can create pxicels with Crop tool.

  2. Aman Arora says:

    Pretty basic, but will really help out beginners 🙂

  3. Abhishek says:

    Yeah i made this for beggineers only..i will make another post on Cropping for some Pro work..

  4. ankit says:

    Nice Tutorial for beginners buddy..keep up the good work..

  5. mannat says:

    I never knew that crop tool can create pixels..and the hide technique is good we can crop images without deleting real pixels 🙂

  6. ashish says:

    frankly saying i didn’t knew that crop tools creates pixels..Thanks buddy for this nice tutorial

  7. ashish says:

    absolutely correct bro..

  8. chander says:

    Nice guide buddy..i am learning photoshop, and this is nice information..thankss

  9. Abhishek says:

    I am always happy to help my readers 🙂

  10. mannat says:

    Hey buddy,i am having some problem with the crop tool..when i select the crop area the delete and hide and option are not highlighted..plss help

  11. Abhishek says:

    I think the problem is that your layer is locked..i.e that your image is background and you cannot work on background layer..change it to simple layer..

  12. mannat says:

    Hey thanks buddy..problem solved 🙂

  13. ashish says:

    Never thought of this..lol.. 😛

  14. Abhishek says:

    Sometimes these small things can create big problems and frustrate you..

  15. chander says:

    thanks budy it really helpfull…

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