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Crop Tool


Select the Crop Tool (Shortcut key "C") and a crop will be placed on your image.

You can then click and drag in the middle of the crop to move it around,  use the arrow keys to move your crop by small increments, or make a new crop by clicking and dragging outside the crop area.  You can resize the crop by moving the edges and corner handles, or using the width and height fields in the inspector palette.

To finalize the crop, press the Return key, press ⌘⌥K, or click the "Crop Image" button in the crop palette.

You can rotate the canvas while cropping by clicking and dragging on the canvas outside the crop boundary, or by using the angle field in the inspector palette.  

In order to maintain the aspect ratio of a crop while resizing the crop, hold down the shift key while moving a corner of the crop edge in or out.

Tip:  Pressing 'h' while in crop will toggle hiding the areas outside of your crop frame.  

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Cropping Presets

Acorn provides preset cropping choices which are useful if you want your image cropped to a standard width and height.  

If you wish to swap the dimension of the crop preset (for example, you want 3x2 instead of 2x3), hold down the option key while clicking on the crop preset you want.  Be sure not to release the option key until after you have clicked and released your choice.  Alternatively you can select the dimensions, then hit the ‘x’ key to swap the width and height.  

The crop preset 'Document' adds a crop to the canvas at 90% of the canvas size, and will keep its aspect ratio when resizing.

You can also create your own crop presets.  This is especially useful if you frequently use crop dimensions not already present in the preset list.  Enter a width and height into the crop fields, then click "save as preset" in the crop palette.  You will be asked to name the preset.  Your preset will show up towards the bottom of the "choose preset" list.  To delete a custom preset, hold down the option key while clicking on that preset.

Cropping presets maintain their aspect ratios if you drag in or out on a corner boundary of the crop.

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Keep Crop Bounds Inside Canvas

Crop gives you a check box option to keep the crop inside the canvas.  If you turn this option off, you can make a crop outside the canvas.  Why would you want this?  Well, consider the crop below.  When the crop is applied, transparent pixels will be present in the area of selection outside the canvas.  This is handy if you would like to resize your canvas while doing your crop.  Pressing 'b' while in crop mode will toggle the “keep crop bounds inside canvas" option.

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Cropping by Resizing the Canvas Window

This is the fastest way to crop ever invented.  Simply hold down the Control key and resize the window by dragging an edge or corner.  This will let you quickly enlarge or shrink an image you are working on.

Fancy Crop

Fancy crop is a built in function that attempts to look at what is on the screen and crop out the extraneous space. This is perfect for any picture with a solid color border you are trying to remove.  To do this, choose the Image ▸ Crop menu item.  If fancy crop can help you, it will.

Cropping a Selection

If you have a selection (using the various selection tools), you can use the  Image ▸ Crop  command to crop to the bounds of the selection.

Trim to Edges

Located under Image ▸ Trim to Edges, this little command will automatically crop out anything that is a constant color, or no color at all.  Here is an image before and after the Trim to Edges command has been used:

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Select All

When cropping, you can use Select All to set the crop to the entire canvas.  First, apply a crop to any part of your image with the Crop tool.  Then go to  Select ▸ Select All (⌘A) to adjust the crop to the entire canvas.

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Panning While Cropping

If you are cropping a large image where scroll bars are present, you can pan the image while in crop by holding down the space bar then clicking and dragging.  This makes getting to the area of the image you want to crop easier.  

See Also: Cropping a Photo and Straightening a Crooked Image