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How to Best Use the Crop and Slice Tools


On these two quick videos, portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid), looks at another two sets of tools in Photoshop – all important crop tool and the somewhat less used slice tool.

The crop tool is one of the most used tools in Photoshop (surly one of the most used by us) and it had undergone quite a few changes in recent years. One of the relatively new things that you can do is work in a non destructive way with the crop tool (if you are not set to delete pixels – we actually prefer the old way for some reason). You can set an exact size for the crop as well as set crop presets which include a specific size or ratio (we use this feature all the time – try it!).

We have already covered cropping several times in the past here on LensVid including: “Cropping in Photoshop CC and CS6” with photographer Gavin Hoey ,  “tips for cropping & straightening photos in Photoshop” with Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes and a 5 min crash course on cropping in Lightroom with Andrew Childress.

Second Video: How to Use the Slice Tool in Photoshop CC

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check Dodson’s previous videos here on LensVid.

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