Quick Tip Day – Photoshop Crop Tool

The podcast was supposed to go live today, but I have been sorta swamped with some other stuff (including fixing the RSS feed for y’all – now fixed w/ my apologies for the technical glitch).  So, in lieu of that, a quick tip to share:

In Photoshop CS5 one of the JDI (just do it) features that was “fixed” was to add a Rule of Thirds guide to the crop tool.  It’s quiet handy to have and is turned on by default:

Crop Guides in Photoshop

Most people I know (granted they are photographers and not graphics designers) absolutely love this functionality!  However, a few have asked me if there is a way to disable it.  Naturally, pretty much anything in Photoshop is customizable for your own purposes.  So, if these “Marching Ants” lines are distracting to you though, and you want to turn them off, you can do this from the Options bar at the top of your display.  Simply look for the dropdown menu just to the right of “Crop Guide Overlay”  and choose the option that best suits your needs.

No Overlay

As with most tools in Photoshop, the Options menu gives you a lot of flexibility to configure things however you like for most purposes.  So, be sure to check the Options bar the next time you are inside of Photoshop!

Got an idea for another Photoshop or Lightroom tip?  Feel free to share your own ideas and questions in the comments section!  Have a great day and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow…

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3 comments for “Quick Tip Day – Photoshop Crop Tool

  1. September 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    But have you noticed the rules of thirds overlay is NOT part of ACR 6.2? Another reason to do more of the quick photo work in lightroom.

  2. September 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I like that’s been added to CS5. Still, I’m without CS5 for the time being, but fortunately I’ve got that feature in Lightroom. 🙂 Guess where I do my cropping……

  3. September 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I’m still using CS3, but I think I would turn it off if I had CS5. I’d rather guess on where the points are and see the crop without the distracting lines.

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