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Adobe Photoshop essentials: How to crop, resize, and edit photos like a pro

JD Sartain | June 16, 2015
Adobe Photoshop's deep trove of features lets you manipulate every aspect of even basic editing tasks, such as cropping and resizing images. For example, you can edit an amateur snapshot of an executive and transform it into a professional-looking image for corporate documents or a website. Just follow these easy, step-by-step instructions. Note: This exercise uses the Move tool, Marquee selection tool, Polygonal Lasso selection tool, Magic Wand selection tool, and Zoom.

For the smaller web photo, click File > Save As, and enter a filename. Click the arrow beside the Format box. Scroll down to the JPG format, click once — the filename changes from .PSD to .JPG — then click Save. In the JPEG Options dialog box, under Image Options, enter a number between 0 and 12 to determine the file size and image quality of this JPG. Enter 8, 9, or 10 for a good balance between quality and file size. 

Tune in next week for how to remove busy backgrounds from photos and replace with a professional, custom-textured canvas.


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