Crop Tool Issues

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Victor_Yap
Jul 8, 2004
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Has anybody ever found that the crop tool doesn’t work very well when you try to do rotated crops?

It seems as if when the whole image fits on the screen at 100%, it would work fine.

But if I’m zoomed out from a large image, or at 100% on an image that’s too big to fit one screen, the cropping gets stretched all weird.

For example, when trying to crop the an image of a character so that all his limbs would fit into the image and rotated… approx 45 degrees, with the feet near the edges… the image gets cropped all wrong and a foot would be missing.

My gut feeling is that there is something wrong with the cropping engine… as if it uses on-screen data to crop or it does some kind of guesswork algorithm that just isn’t effective.

Rotated cropping used to work perfectly fine, then in CS it suddenly died. I’m sure that in Photoshop 6 it was great, but I am unsure about Photoshop 7’s crop tool (although I suspect it was fine too).

Anyways, the workaround that I use is to rotate canvas before I crop… but that’s quite a step backwards in productivity. Maybe CS rotates the canvas funny before cropping?

It would be great to see this problem patched. *hopes Adobe monitors bug reports in forums*

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Mac_McDougald
Jul 8, 2004
Ver 7 crop tool behaves for me about like you describe using the rotate option.
I’ve never gotten a handle on it, theoretically or practically.

I rotate then crop, or crop then rotate.

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Aaron_Martone
Jul 8, 2004
What I do with images that need rotating, but whose edges are close to the document bounds, is increase the document size to give it a lot of blank space. Drag a crop marquee, rotate it the the orientation of the image, making sure that the boundaries are CLOSE TO but not NEAR the edges of the photo.

I then perform the crap, and it straightens the image out. From there I goto EDIT > TRIM and select the border which contains the color I want trimmed, and trim from all directions. This usually gives me what I want with the least amount of fuss.

I USED to be able to goto FILE > AUTOMATE > Auto Rotate and Crop (and it always did a GREAT job, not to mention duplicate the image as well), but since I have certain load problems, I had to ~ out the AUTOMATE folder, and I no longer have that command.)
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R._L.
Jul 9, 2004
I can’t find cropping tool….have Photoshop 5.0.2 and don’t know how to get cropping tool active…It is not visible on the left hand tool bar..rectangular marquee tool and move tool are top left…I’ve tried all plug-ins and nothing seems to work…
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Mac_McDougald
Jul 9, 2004
It’s underneath one of the others..
The ones with tiny arrows in corners have multiple tools. Been a long time since 5, so don’t remember which one.

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