Okay, so the crop tool isn’t necessarily Photoshop’s most exciting feature. But what in the hell would we do without it? This one tool lets you clip away the edges of a photograph so you can hone in on just those details that you want to keep. You can straighten an image that you inadvertently shot cock-eyed. And best of all, you can temporarily hide portions of an image (as opposed to forever clip them) so that you can restore the cropped areas and recompose the image five ways to Sunday.
Which is a lot of “featuricity” for one tool. As usual, I show you more than how the crop tool works. (Cropping couldn’t be much more obvious.) Rather, I show you how to exploit the crop tool six ways to Tuesday. Which is the promise of Photoshop Top 40, after all.
In this video, I start with the quintessential cropping-and-straightening project: The Leaning Tower of Pisa (here shot by Georg Alexander of image vendor Fotolia). As you may know, the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans, and quite precariously I might add. About 6 degrees to the south, by my reckoning. (Apparently, they lifted it some 1.5 degrees since this picture was taken, but I’ve not visited Northern Italy to verify.)
My thinking is this: When visiting an ancient leaning structure, you either have to overestimate its angle (as so many tourists do) or underestimate it (as Georg did). Either is unacceptable and requires correction. As this video explains.
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