I'd like to set the behavior of the cropping tool.

I want it to define cropping areas based on...

  • A fixed, numerical set of pixel dimensions.

  • A given proportion, e.g., a 9 by 12 area of arbitrary size.

  • Free size and proportion -- wherever I release the mouse button.

Where can I set that for the cropping tool?


The marquee tool provides this menu, circled below...

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But the cropping tool doesn't offer a menu like that...

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Does the cropping tool does have these three modes like the marquee tool? If so, where do I set that? How do I tell the cropping tool which mode to use?

  • Not sure if it got lost in the noise, but on the second image in Jack's post he mentions using Marquee tool and then Image -> Crop to achieve the same effect as the crop tool.
    – Farray
    May 10, 2011 at 15:48

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according to what i understood,you can follow these steps crop your document in defined px or inch. there are two methods of doing this i prefer using marquee tool with fixed size,please check SS,i tried to explain a bit :| sorry for these rude images i was running out of time.

this one is from crop tool it self you can set values according to your need. enter image description here

this second one is based on marquee tool which i prefer.

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i know these images look so bad :| just want to clear your confusion,hope you got some clue :|


I hope I understand your question right...

To set a fixed numerical crop area, you type in the dimensions you'd like in the top toolbar after you've selected the crop tool. (This is the toolbar that resides underneath the file/edit/image menus).

Then, when you click and drag the crop box it will keep to those dimensions, and the final crop will be that size.

I don't quite understand your second bullet, and as for the thirds bullet, well, that's how the crop tool naturally operates, isn't it?


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