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CJPhotoshop CS to Media100
by on Oct 30, 2005 at 2:35:01 pm

I haven't had to do this for about a year, and I can't seem to figure this out...
I upgraded to CS2 earlier this year and the crop tool is different. When I scanned in a photo to use in video, I would use the crop tool and it kept the aspect ratio to 4:3 which is what I need. With CS2, I cannot figure out how to get the crop tool to do this. I see that you can create a new crop tool preset...but what numbers do I use for the 4:3 ratio? I also find the Pixel Aspect Ratio (under Image) a bit confusing - do I select D1/DV NTSC for scanned photos that will be used in video?
Thank you for your help!


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FlohRe: Photoshop CS to Media100
by on Oct 31, 2005 at 7:12:08 am

If you select the crop tool, you have the option to crop in a fixed aspect ratio in the tool bar under the menu bar.
The other option would be to create a 720*486 D1/NTSC document and to copy your photo into it. This will take care of the pixel aspect ratio, and then you can transform the image proportionally (CMD-T and pressing shift while dragging an edge) to match the part of the image you do need.


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CJRe: Photoshop CS to Media100
by on Oct 31, 2005 at 2:46:05 pm

Thank you Floh. I haven't done this for so long, and back with Photoshop7. Whatever the crop tool was set to, it was exact for 4:3 and worked perfectly with M100. I did read thru Photoshop Help first, looking for info on cropping to 4:3 aspect ratio, but it wasn't of help to me.
Thanks again! Happy Halloween!!


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Bernie HuthRe: Photoshop CS to Media100
by on Oct 31, 2005 at 3:06:41 pm

Another approach is to use square pixels until the end, then change the image size to accomodate your editing requirements. For example:

1. Make sure the pixel ratio is set to "square" under the image menu.
2. Open your photograph in Photoshop CS2. The photograph should be opened with
square pixels.
3. Set the crop tool to 720 px X 540 px at 72 pixels per inch.
4. Drag the cropping tool to create the image you want. Double click to select.
5. Open "Image size" in the Image menu and change the height to either
486 for D1 or 480 for DV. Make sure the "constrain proportions" is unchecked.

Another way to crop is to use the "Square Marquee" Tool. You can select "Fixed Aspect Ratio"
in the Options Bar and set 4X3 in the Width and Height boxes.

Then follow steps 4 and 5 from above. In this case you will probably need to select both the width
and height in step 5 (unless your photography just happened to be 720 pixels wide). Make
sure the "constrain proportions" is unchecked.

HTH

Bernie Huth


Digital Media Specialist
Lithia, FL


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Bernie HuthRe: Photoshop CS to Media100
by on Oct 31, 2005 at 3:08:54 pm

Oops, I forgot one important step in using the "Square Marquee" Tool. You need to select "Crop" under the Image Menu.

Bernie Huth

Digital Media Specialist
Lithia, FL


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CJThank you!
by on Nov 1, 2005 at 3:35:54 pm

Thank you so much for your help!


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