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I would like to take a typical 2:3 ratio image in Photoshop CC and make a square 1:1 crop and an 8:10 crop. I want to save my crops non-destructively within the PSD file so I have access to my carefully-placed crops again in the future. I then want to export each cropped image to JPG. Problems:

  • If I make one layer for each crop size, and crop non-destructively (without deleting cropped pixels), I can see each layer nicely in my desired crop size, but I cannot then export that layer properly because Photoshop wants to maintain ONE canvas size for all layers.
  • If my original image ratio was 2:3 and I crop to 1:1, I see all the transparent pixels on the sides of my cropped square image filling up the canvas back to the 2:3 ratio. When I choose "File > Save As > JPG", it saves a 2:3 image with white space on the sides of my square image. There is no option during saving a JPG to eliminate the transparent pixels. I heard that the Export option might remove the transparent pixels but I cannot use Export because Adobe still limits exporting to 96 dpi.

So is there a way or workflow to export my Photoshop image in various crop sizes but do so non-destructively and keep my various crops? The only way I can think of is to make one PSD file per crop, but that's a lot of wasted hard drive space.

(My question is not the same as the "batch resize" post because that one creates an action to create/save different sizes and does not save any preferred crops within the original Photoshop file.)

  • Hi stackonfire, I have modified the question structure to make it more understandable, the content is the same. – Danielillo Jan 5 at 20:13
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  • Thanks for the edit. My question is not the same as the "batch resize" post because that one creates an action to create/save different sizes and does not save any preferred crops within the original Photoshop file. I am trying to create my preferred crops (e.g. ensuring to crop with a flower not cut off in a portrait) within the PSD file, and then be able to export any of my saved-within-the-file crops at any time in the future. – stackonfire Jan 5 at 20:47
  • I see, I think will be better if you put at list one image example in the question with the different crops to make it more clear. – Danielillo Jan 5 at 20:55
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As best as I can tell, it is not possible to save a variety of crops in your PSD file and export, without keeping one canvas size/ratio (which defeats the entire purpose of different ratios of the crops if some have hanging white space on the sides).

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