I am very new to photoshop. Suppose I have a large dimension image and I want to crop it down to 3500px × 3500px with 300px/in resolution. Then I select crop tool and from preset drop down menu I set 3500px, 3500px and 300 using W × H × Resolution preset like below: enter image description here

I assume when I click on the picture by crop tool after setting W × H × Resolution value, it will set the dimension according to the given value. So, when I press enter and becomes like this: enter image description here

I can see that image is cropped according to my preset value. That's fine. All goes correctly. But if I again click on the picture by the crop tool with same preset value I set earlier like this:

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Even if I drag the handle of the cropbox and zoom in the picture, it is possible. After re cropping I can see again the picture dimension is same which is 3500px × 3500px with 300 px/in resolution:

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This made me confused! How can a picture be with same width, height and resolution even we crop it down to lower sizes?

Please don't laugh at me. I know this is very fundamental thing but somehow I don't know the actual scenario behind this.

Can somebody make me understand what is actually happening here and how can I ensure the a cropped picture with a preset value will never cropped to lower size and even cropped it will reduce it's width, height and resolution value?


  • What was the size of the image in pixels before you did the crop? Try using the crop tool with the resolution field blank (delete the number in there). If you put in a resolution then Photoshop will probably resample the image, which isn't generally a good idea.
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 23, 2018 at 11:52

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For understanding this you must know basic definitions of screen resolution, PPI and physical dimensions (size of an image).

For example, suppose your screen resolution is 1920*1080 pixels it means that it will show 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically.

Physical dimensions are the actual size of your image that can be 2*2 inches that mean 2inches wide and 2inches long.

PPI is pixel per inch this means how many pixels in particular physical size. For example, 200 PPI for 2*2 inches sizes the resolution of the image will be 200*2 * 200*2 pixels = 400 * 400 pixels.

Now coming back to your question you want to know why the Image resolution and PPI were same of the image after cropping it?

-->> Well, we can change the size of an image in photoshop by Resizing it through Image> Image Size or just by cropping it, for this Photoshop resamples either downsamples or upsamples the image to obtain the desired output and for altering the image without resampling Photoshop make changes in those three attributes i.e. Image resolution or PPI or actual size of an image.

For example, a 400 x 400-pixel image, has a physical size of 4 x 4 inches and has a resolution of 100 pixels per inch (ppi). To reduce the image's physical size by half without resampling, you set the physical size to 2 x 2 inches. Photoshop increases the resolution to 200 ppi. Resizing the image this way keeps the total number of pixels constant (200 ppi x 2 x 2 inches = 400 x 400 pixels). If you double the physical size (to 8 x 8 inches), the resolution decreases to 50 ppi. Adding more inches to the image size means that there can only be half as many pixels per inch. If you change the image resolution, the physical size changes as well.

Now When you use the Crop tool to resize an image, the pixel dimensions and the file size change but the image isn't resampled.

(Crop tool options) Cropping of an image could be done in varies from those are-

  1. Changing inch size only

  2. Changing inch size and resolution

  3. Changing the pixel dimension only

  4. Changing the pixel dimension and the resolution

  5. Changing the resolution only

Yours is specifically the First option- Changing the inch size only

When you set the physical size of the image in inches in the Crop tool options and you don't change the resolution, the pixel dimensions change. The dimensions change based on the ratio of the number of pixels you drew in the crop selection to the pixel dimensions of the original image. The resolution changes to fit the extra pixels into each inch of the image based on the image's original size.

Hope! This might help.

  • Thankyou very much for your elaborate answer. Also Billy answered the whole thing with one sentences that if I need the actual size, I should keep the resolution field blank. If Billy answered separately, I would give him 1+. But as he replied in comment, I can't do that. Sorry for you, Billy. Thanks to both of you. These explanations have removed confusion from my mind. Cheers! Dec 23, 2018 at 11:59
  • @AbdullahMamun-Ur-Rashid - it's no problem. I'm just glad you got it fixed.
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 23, 2018 at 12:30

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