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Photoshop Crop Tool

Your adobe photoshop crop tool photoshop crop tool is not only to cut images, you can create precisely sized thumbnails. And this is what I am going to show you.

CROP TOOL - Basics

You use the crop tool by clicking on it with the left button of the mouse while at the same time dragging it to form the desired rectangle and releasing the button.

crop tool in action... in action (the dotted yellow highlighted line is for educational purpose and does not show as such in Photoshop where you can see a simple dotted line)


Of course the idea how to crop follows the rules of composition. And so for instance, keep the horizon at 1/3 from the top or bottom of the picture, have a person's eye in one of focal points (see below) etc...

focal points in the rules of thirds

Rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is way to mentally (and physically on many camera viewfinders) see a proper, simple grid diving the image in front of you in a simple grid with 1/3 fractions...Usually, the focal point is at (or close to) the intersections.

rule of thirds goinf to be usedWithout the grid...

Rule of third grid ..and with the grid


Golden Section

Same story with a different grid. If you want to know more about the Golden section, click here.


The Golden Section gridThe Golden section grid

Download the Rule of Thirds Grid (ZIP file) to be used in your photo-editing programm

Download the Golden Section Grid (ZIP file) to be used in your photo-editing programm

How to use the grids?

In photoshop I open a picture, then I "File>place..." the grid over it and adjust it to the picture ("edit>free transform...", or CONTROL + T)


CROP TOOL - Thumbnail


crop tool thumbnail

Thumbnail option: set the desired cropping size in whatever masure you need, cm (as in picture), pixel (write "px" like "60px").

Alternatively, you can crop an image for desktop backgrounds sizes:







All numbers are in Pixels

Standard Screen Sizes

800 x 600

1024 x 768

1400 x 1050

1600 x 1200

1920 x 1440

2048 x 1536

iPhone Screen Sizes

320 x 480

480 x 272


iPod Touch Screen Size 480 x 320
iPad Screen Size 1024 x 768
HD Screen Sizes

1680 x 1050

1920 x 1080

1920 x 1200

2560 x 1600


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