Cropping Questions...

maybee_gwDecember 21, 2005

If I have a picture in PSP and want to crop it into an oval shape...I can use "preset shapes" to get an oval where I want it. But..what do I do next to crop the picture in that shape? I hope I've stated this so that it can be understood. I want to crop a picture into a circle or oval shapes...

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Zipper_TX

Yes, use the selection tool set to the shape you want then goto Image/crop to selection.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 10:27AM
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Zipper_TX

Sorry misread part of your question, I don't think you can use the preset shapes to crop with, but you can use the selection tool.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 10:30AM
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amy_z6_swpa

If you want the picture to be saved as an oval afterwards, then you have to have your oval on a transparent background, and then export as a GIF file to keep the transparency. This process may or may not affect the quality of the image itself. You have to play with the settings while exporting.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 10:43AM
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maybee_gw

Okay..I'm off the try the selection tool...

What good is the preset shapes if you can't crop something to that shape?

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 1:43PM
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amy_z6_swpa

Well, you can, really---after you draw your preset shape, just use your magic wand tool outside the shape, invert the selection, then crop to selection.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 9:14PM
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jeannej

Maybee, the preset shapes are good for other things--adding backgrounds to your photo, decorative shapes to a scrapbook page, using as conversation balloons for your photos just to mention a few--:)

    Bookmark   December 22, 2005 at 6:05AM
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urlee

AND TEXT on a CURVE!

~Urlee~

    Bookmark   December 22, 2005 at 7:57AM
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maybee_gw

I have a picture and I was able to do the oval, but the background wasn't transparent...can I change that? In other words...if you have a picture that doesn't have a transparent background, can you "put" it on one?

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 9:38AM
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jeannej

There's a couple of ways to do that--the easy way is to copy your image, open AS, paste as new animation and then replace color with transparency--unfortunately that will remove all of the replaced color, even in your image. The other way is to stay in PSP, use your free-hand selection tool (the lasso) and outline your image; invert your selection and delete. You may find that you like the image better if you modify your selection by feathering it 1 or 2 pixels. Oh, yes, make sure your image is a raster layer rather than a "background" layer.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 10:13AM
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jeannej

Here's a tut that will explain better than I did--

Here is a link that might be useful: how to

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 10:20AM
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