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You might want to crop an image if you've taken a brilliant photo but there's just too much space around the subject, for example. Or, if you've got a particular size and shape that you want your image to be, you can use the Crop Tool to achieve this.

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First, you'll need to open the image you want to crop in Photoshop. Here, we're using Photoshop CC, which features the Crop Tool updates first introduced in the Creative Cloud release of Photoshop CS6. We're also using a photograph of a sleepy parrot to illustrate.

Note: If you're using an older version of Photoshop, you'll find that, while the basis of this tutorial still applies, your Crop Tool may look different and have different capabilities.

For example, the Crop Tools in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 are non-destructive, which means you can choose to retain cropped pixels rather then remove them completely.

For tips on how to crop images in Photoshop CS5 or earlier, take a look at Adobe's Photoshop Help.

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