Tuesday Tips & Peachpit Book Giveaway!

I figured I would spice things up this Tuesday by talking about something that I think people don’t really use all that often as well as give you a chance to win a couple of free books while you’re at it!

Scott Kelby covered the “Cinematic Crop” over on his blog this morning, and I think it’s down to be a hit. This got people thinking about how to be able to set ratios when cropping in places like Photoshop.

If you want to use a specific perspective, i’d recommend using the Marquee selection tool. From there, you can click on the dropdown in the Tool Options and set it to Fixed Ratio. Once that’s set, type in the ratio that you are looking for there and make a selection. Once your selection is complete, click on Image>Crop and you’re done!

Doing it in Camera Raw
You can also take what you’ve learned there and apply it to images inside of Camera Raw. You’ll notice that there is a crop tool at the very top of Camera Raw. If you click on the dropdown for it, there will be an option called “Custom”. This will bring up a dialog box where you can specify the porportions that you need for your image. Click and drag to crop and you’ll notice that you will always be at the right proportions!

A Book Contest!
Now, our friends over at Peachpit have been really cool about getting us a copy of Photoshop for Video as well as Understanding Photoshop CS5 by the inimitable Richard Harrington. How about we do a quick contest to start drumming up more interest for planet. Leave a comment on the blog here and we’ll select one at random on Friday morning. We’ll announce the winner of it during the next contest! (but obviously we’ll tell the winner, they won)

Thanks for stopping by! We’ll see you all back here tomorrow!



  1. Andrew Kavanagh 21 September, 2010 at 13:37 Reply

    Richard Harrington is a great instructor!
    Easy to follow, yet very informative.
    Would love to win his Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5!

  2. Rob Piercy 21 September, 2010 at 14:49 Reply

    Hello RC!

    Been a subscriber of Layers TV podcast for quite sometime now and enjoy watching both you and Corey demonstrate all the different features and applications of the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop. Look forward to each episode.
    Just switched over to a MacBook Pro and also have CS5.

    The book would come in very handy. Richard is also a great instructor.
    Planet Photoshop has a permanent home on my links bar.

    You guys are awesome!


  3. Beth Russell 22 September, 2010 at 03:13 Reply

    Saw some of the individual videos from Harrington’s set on Creative Edge today-wow. An excellent source of info as is NAPP and the Planet/

  4. Beth Russell 22 September, 2010 at 03:13 Reply

    Saw some of the individual videos from Harrington’s set on Creative Edge today-wow. An excellent source of info as is NAPP and the Planet.

  5. Brian 22 September, 2010 at 16:20 Reply

    UMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! What can I say except that Richard’s techniques, lessons, and tips are second to none. Real world lessons that translate into either $ or praise, or sometimes both.

    The Human Bean

  6. Brett 23 September, 2010 at 10:29 Reply

    Richard is an amazing teacher and artist, not only in photoshop but in video too.
    Planet photoshop has some of the best tutorials out there, corey is amazing.

  7. Israel Bautista 24 September, 2010 at 00:12 Reply

    I’m in the process of changing careers, from medical to artistically. I’m studying Web design and development and I have been using photoshop for quite some time.
    Without site’s like this and people that are passionate about teaching photoshop my learning process would had been much more difficult.

    Thank you guys.

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