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when I need to save a part of an image as a new image in photoshop, I crop the picture, save-as, and undo the cropping. On huge files this is slow, and feels inefficient.

Is there a better way to tell Photoshop "save whatever you see in this rectangle as a new file"?

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These might help you out. – Joonas Jul 7 '14 at 22:49
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There's no "Save Selection As" if that's what you're hoping for. The quickest way is probably to do:

  1. M (rectangular marquee selection)
  2. Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+C (copy merged)
  3. Ctrl / Cmd + N (new file)
  4. Ctrl / Cmd + V (paste)
  5. Ctrl / Cmd + S (save)
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Thanks, that perfectly does the job! "Copy merged" seems to be commonly missed, but is immensely useful. – Zsolt Szilagy Jul 7 '14 at 16:30
This is a good answer – Code Whisperer Jul 7 '14 at 19:01
This needs a side note. When you select an area of 100x100 pixels, but the left 50px are empty, it will copy the right 50px. It doesn't "save space" for empty pixels when you press CTRL+N. This can be both a good thing, and a bad thing, depending on what you want! – Dirk v B Jul 8 '14 at 3:30
Not quite sure what @DirkvB means, but one thing I love about this solution--you can highlight more than what is needed in the area (so as to not risk missing some elements), and when you Cmd+N it creates the correct size and height and Cmd+V pasts exactly what you wanted. Thanks for this! – thephatp May 22 at 19:29
@thephatp exactly what you just said, but I explained the cause of it: Photoshop doesn't copy empty pixels. – Dirk v B May 23 at 0:57

You could try to use the slice tool C, hidden under the crop tool. Make a slice of the part you want to export, and then use File > Save for Web.... Downside is that all the other parts of the image will be saved as well, as separate image files.

Be warned that all of those slice image files will be saved into a directory named 'images'.

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Control Shift C - Copy your selection to a single layer Control N (press enter) - Make a new document with the exact size of your cut Control V - Paste your flattened selection

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Randy has the right idea using slices but it's even easier. Say you have four images in a row. Separate each with a vertical guide line and then, using the slice tool, click on "Slices From Guides" (in the slices toolbar). Then save to web. It will create four separate files with each slice. You'll find them in that images folder.

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