Crop A Photo To The Size You Want In Photoshop Elements

Crop a photo to the exact size you want with Photoshop Elements.

In this tutorial we will take an 11x17 photo and crop it down to 8x10.

But the cool part is that we won't even use the Crop Tool!

Check out the video below that shows how to do it. And see the step-by-step process below the video.

The Steps

Here's a breakdown of the steps to crop a photo using the procedure shown in the video:

STEP 1. Get The Rectangular Marquee Tool

Go to the ToolBox and click on the Rectangular Marquee tool to make it the active tool.

The Rectangular Marquee tool shares the same space in the Toolbox with the Elliptical Marquee tool.

If you  see the Elliptical Marquee tool there instead, go ahead and click on it anyway.

And then to make the Rectangular Marquee tool active, go down to the Tool Options and click on it from there to make it the active tool.

STEP 2. Enter The Size You Want

Once you've made the Rectangular Marquee tool active, look for the field called Aspect down in the Tool Options.

Click on it to reveal the drop-down list. From the list choose "Fixed Size" by clicking on it.

Right below the Aspect field you'll see that the Width(W) and Height(H) fields default to 64 px.

You can enter the exact size that you want your photo to be by using those 2 fields.

Start by triple-clicking inside the W field to highlight the type.

Type in "8 in" or whatever you want the width of your photo to be. If you are using centimeters type "cm" after your number instead of "in".

Now press the Tab key and the text in the Height(H) field will automatically be highlighted and ready to change.

Type in "10" or whatever size you want the height of your photo to be. No need to type "in" or "cm" as it will automatically default to whatever you used for the Width field.

STEP 3. Click On Your Photo To Select

This is a very short step. Just click once anywhere on your photo with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

You will see an 8x10 (or whatever size you entered in the W and H fields) marquee appear on your photo as indicated by the "marching ants". The area inside of the marquee represents the area that will remain after you give the crop command.

STEP 4. Move The Marquee To Where You Want

Another short step! Just place your cursor anywhere inside of the Marquee and click-and-drag to move it to your desired position.

Keep in mind that the area inside of the Marquee is what will remain when you are done.

When you have it moved to the desired position let go of the mouse button.

STEP 5. Crop Your Photo

To complete your crop go up to the Image Menu and click on Crop.

Photoshop Elements will remove the area of your photo that's outside of the Marquee and make your photo the size that you entered back in Step 2.

That's it, you're done! That's a quick way to crop a photo to the exact size you want for printing or whatever.

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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