It’s a Stretch – Crop Tool Magic!

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Barb Brookbank

I have a 12in x 12in, 300ppi layout which I am getting ready to send to the printer. I’ve flattened it and saved it as a jpeg.

Suddenly, at the last minute I decide that it would look so much better with a bit of a border. I’m not prepared to go back to my original PSD file and add a border — so what to do?

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to add a border around a layout using the Crop tool!

Now wait a minute! Doesn’t the Crop tool, ummm, crop things off? Well… yes, and no.

Here’s an example of my layout before and after “cropping.”

Tutorial:

 

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Open a Document

  • Open a document (File > Open).

Step Two: Choose the Background Color

  • Click on the Background Color Chip to bring up the Color Picker.
  • In the Color Picker, click on the color that you want the border to be and click OK.

Step Three: Create the Border

  • Get the Crop tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the Aspect Ratio to Use Photo Ratio.
  • When you choose Use Photo Ratio, the Width, Height and Resolution become the same as the document you are working on. Mine just happens to be 12in x 12in at 300ppi.
  • Click on the top left corner of the layout and drag a selection around the whole page.
  • Holding down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key), click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box (the cursor turns into a double-sided arrow) and drag the Bounding Box outside the edges of the layout. The more you pull out, the larger the border will be.
  • Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
  • The border appears and the original dimensions of the document remain the same — my layout is still 12in x 12in at 300ppi.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: It’s a Stretch – Crop Tool Magic, by Barb Brookbank
Layout: Cute, Happy, Sweet, by Barb Brookbank
Kit: Menagerie, by One Little Bird
Font: SS Play Font Words
Software: Photoshop Elements 10

Download a PDF version of this “It’s a Stretch – Crop Tool Magic!” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step One: Open a Document

  • Open a document (File > Open).

Step Two: Choose the Background Color

  • Click on the Background Color Chip to bring up the Color Picker.
  • In the Color Picker, click on the color that you want the border to be and click OK.

Step Three: Create the Border

  • Get the Crop tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on Front Image.
  • When you click on Front Image, the Width, Height and Resolution become the same as the document you are working on. Mine just happens to be 12in x 12in at 300ppi.
  • Click on the top left corner of the layout and drag a selection around the whole page.
  • Holding down Alt Shift (Mac: Opt Shift), click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box (the cursor turns into a double-sided arrow) and drag the Bounding Box outside the edges of the layout. The more you pull out, the larger the border will be.
  • Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
  • The border appears and the original dimensions of the document remain the same — my layout is still 12in x 12in at 300ppi.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: It’s a Stretch – Crop Tool Magic, by Barb Brookbank
Layout: Cute, Happy, Sweet, by Barb Brookbank
Kit: Menagerie, by One Little Bird
Font: SS Play Font Words
Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “It’s a Stretch – Crop Tool Magic!” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

11 Responses

  1. Franghurst
    | Reply

    Thanks so much for a super tutorial.

  2. Geri
    | Reply

    Gotta give this a try, thanks!

  3. Beverly Powell
    | Reply

    Wow, that’s so clever & useful. Thanks!

  4. Renee
    | Reply

    Nice trick! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  5. Christine
    | Reply

    That is such a good tip. Thank you

  6. Nannette
    | Reply

    I didn’t know you could do that thanks Barb

  7. hughe
    | Reply

    I tried it on a rectangular size and borders are not the same size! Does it work only on square crops?—-Hughe—-

    • Barb
      | Reply

      Sorry Hughe, yes, this specific tutorial only works for square documents . . .

  8. Shirl
    | Reply

    A short and sweet addition to a layout that adds depth. Thanks.:)

  9. Jenifer Juris
    | Reply

    Such a great tut! Thanks!!

  10. Marie Faubion
    | Reply

    I LOVE it! Thank you so much 🙂

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