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06/21/2002 07:01:39 PM · #1
Hello

I would like to know if there is a way to crop a picture and get the proper ratio so when you resize your picture to 640 X 480 it will maintain its proportions and correct ratio.

Thanks
Rob
06/21/2002 07:04:16 PM · #2
I use the marquee select tool in the 'constrained aspect ratio' mode to select the area of my original image that I want... i set the constrained ration to 640 x 480 or vice versa... I copy that area to the clipboard and then create a new image (defaults to the correct size) and paste the image in... then i resize it.. this works for me :)
06/21/2002 07:11:16 PM · #3
Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry about this next question but I am a complete Newbie. I am not sure where I find the marquee selct tool in the constrained aspect ratio?

Thanks in Advance.
Rob
06/21/2002 07:27:58 PM · #4
marquee select tool is the 'dotted box' on the upper left of the toolbar... when you select that, you can change it's mode from normal to contstrained aspect ration in the menu below the top menu line...
06/21/2002 07:31:54 PM · #5
Thanks a Million! Thanks for you help!

Thanks
Rob
06/21/2002 07:50:49 PM · #6
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
I use the marquee select tool in the 'constrained aspect ratio' mode to select the area of my original image that I want... i set the constrained ration to 640 x 480 or vice versa... I copy that area to the clipboard and then create a new image (defaults to the correct size) and paste the image in... then i resize it.. this works for me :)


I'm guessing that you copy so that you'll have a new image and you aren't screwing with your original but you can also select Image > Crop instead of copying and pasting in a new image. This is actually what i do since I always set my files to read only as soon as I download them.
06/21/2002 10:53:11 PM · #7
Another way to make your photos 640 x 480 is to select the crop tool in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and in the options bar on the top of your screen under the menus set the width and height to 6.667" x 8.887" and set the resolution to 72 dpi. That'll give you the proper size picture. Like chariot said, as soon as you open the image, save it with a different name so you won't change the original 'negative'. When I'm doing it I crop to the above mesurements with 300 dpi while I'm correcting the image, then the last thing before I save for web I lower the resolution to 72dpi in Image>Image Size. In that dialog box, the 'Constrain Aspect Ratio' is a check box below where you enter the size. Oops, I almost forgot to ask. You do use Photoshop or one of the Photoshop varients, huh?
06/21/2002 10:58:51 PM · #8
This is like deja vu all over again
06/21/2002 11:05:52 PM · #9
This is like deja vu all over again.


Another way to do it, is create a blank canvas the size you want, resize your image as close to that as you can (but larger if not an exact match- 660x480 or 640x500, and then copy and paste it on to the canvas. You can then move it around to get the proper crop.

But you should be able to resize a digital image to 640x480 without cropping.
06/22/2002 08:57:50 PM · #10
In paint shop pro I go to resize then set which ever is the shortest length to the required number. This will resize the whole picture with the correct proportions. Then I use the crop tool with both required numbers entered. That puts a movable box over the picture so I can see what part has to be croped out.

OH and always remember to resize down, not up. aelith
06/29/2002 09:50:23 PM · #11
I just want to say THANK YOU!!!!!

From the responses to this thread and others, I have learned how to crop and adjust my photos more effectively. This site is better than taking a course!! I have learned so much from all of you - so Thank You!! :-)

Ruthann
06/29/2002 10:54:41 PM · #12
Here are some excellent learning resources to learn more about PhotoShop. Photoshop is a great program and reading everything you can get your hands on is an excellent way to learn about all it's features. The adobe site also has actions you can download as well. You seem to have gotten your answer to your question but I thought you may want to know about these for the future. :)

Karen
06/29/2002 11:01:37 PM · #13
Karen,

I appreciate your help. I use COREL Photopaint - very comparable to PhotoShop, so I take the suggestions and figure it out in Corel.

Also - I like your banners/logos for dpc.
06/29/2002 11:16:07 PM · #14
Originally posted by RedRuthann:
Karen,

I appreciate your help. I use COREL Photopaint - very comparable to PhotoShop, so I take the suggestions and figure it out in Corel.

Also - I like your banners/logos for dpc.


thanks so much Ruthann :) I've never used COREL but if I can help in any way, feel free to pm me. I'm more into the graphics side of what PhotoShop can do than I am the photo correction and adjustments but I'd be glad to answer anything if I can help.
Thanks again, I appreciate it. Karen
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