Sometimes, you want to trim a photo to highlight its main subject and improve its composition. Cropping removes unwanted areas from a photo.
You can crop your photos both from the Organizer workspace and the Editor workspace. In the Editor workspace, each mode - Quick, Guided, and Expert - provides various options to crop a photo and improve its composition.
Crop in the Organizer workspace
The Crop tool in the Photo Fix Options pane of Organizer helps you to do a quick crop. It gives you a resizable crop box to mark the part of the photo you want to keep. After you've adjusted the crop box size and placed it on the required part of the photo, you can preview the photo as it will appear after cropping.
Crop in the Guided mode of Editor
In the Guided mode of Editor, you can crop a photo to a size of your choice. In addition, you can find overlay options, such as Rule of Thirds, to crop in such that the composition of the photo is aesthetic and powerful.
Overlay options guide you to choose the crop area such that the cropped photo is visually appealing. Select an overlay option from the following:
- Rule Of Thirds: Displays a 3 by 3 crop box to help you place your subject off-center and decide whether more space should be left in front of or behind the subject.
- Grid: Displays a grid guide on the photo. Use the grid to position objects before you crop the photo. This option is useful if you want to straighten the photo while cropping.
- Golden Ratio: Displays a crop box with a concentric circle. If you want to emphasize an object in your photo, such as an eye or a pendant, place the circle on the object.
From an expert: Cropping in Photo Fix
In this movie, author Jan Kabili discusses how to use the Photo Fix features in Photoshop Elements 11 to quickly and effectively crop your photos in the Organize workspace.