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#1 countrydi

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:19 PM

This is crazy. I'm having a total brain freeze. I'm working on a layout and trying to do a very simple task and I can't remember how to do it. I'm using PSE 11. All I'm trying to do is cut away excess picture that is sticking out from under a picture frame. I know it's super simple. I've done it before so many times. But I haven't been doing anything much till recently, and I'm amazed at how much I've forgotten.:embarrassed003:/> :blush:/>

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:38 PM

There is more than one way to do it. Probably more than ten ways to do it!
You do have the ability to use layer masks in PSE 11. That is my favorite way because I can change my mind later. :)
How I make the selection depends on the frame and whether it is at an angle. First, make sure your photo layer is selected. If it is straight, just use the marquis tool to select the area you want to keep. If it is at an angle, I use the Polygonal Lasso Tool and click around the image to get a selection.

When you have and active selection around the part of your photo you would like to keep,(the little "ants" should be marching around your photo) click on the layer mask icon in the layers panel. It looks like a rectangle with a circle in the center. Another way, using the top menu in CS6, I can choose "Layer> Layer Mask." It may be slightly different in PSE 11, but the icon in your layers panel will look the same. When you create a layer mask with an active selection, it will crop your photo to the selection.

Hope that helps!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:03 PM

There is more than one way to do it. Probably more than ten ways to do it!
You do have the ability to use layer masks in PSE 11. That is my favorite way because I can change my mind later. :)/>
How I make the selection depends on the frame and whether it is at an angle. First, make sure your photo layer is selected. If it is straight, just use the marquis tool to select the area you want to keep. If it is at an angle, I use the Polygonal Lasso Tool and click around the image to get a selection.

When you have and active selection around the part of your photo you would like to keep,(the little "ants" should be marching around your photo) click on the layer mask icon in the layers panel. It looks like a rectangle with a circle in the center. Another way, using the top menu in CS6, I can choose "Layer> Layer Mask." It may be slightly different in PSE 11, but the icon in your layers panel will look the same. When you create a layer mask with an active selection, it will crop your photo to the selection.

Hope that helps!

Hi April. There used to be a quick way I did it by some how circling the excess with some tool and then I'd just hit delete. Does that ring a bell?
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

Wow, I like that April but in PSE 6 I don't have masks (we won't talk about CS3) --- so, Di I use the "Rectangular Marquee" tool (M) to make a square or rectangle around what I want to remove and hit "delete".
Sometimes I get very smart (:D) and make my square around what I want to keep, then go to "Select" then "Inverse" and hit delete and the excess goes away.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:36 PM

Wow, I like that April but in PSE 6 I don't have masks (we won't talk about CS3) --- so, Di I use the "Rectangular Marquee" tool (M) to make a square or rectangle around what I want to remove and hit "delete".
Sometimes I get very smart (:D/>/>) and make my square around what I want to keep, then go to "Select" then "Inverse" and hit delete and the excess goes away.


I think MariJ's way is the easiest. That's what I usually do.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:31 PM

I do Marilyn's way but only because I never thought of the mask. Thanks April, I think this way is very clever because as you say, you can change your mind again.Posted Image

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:41 AM

If you want to delete the parts of a picture OUTSIDE the frame, select the part you want to keep, using any method, then go to the Select menu and choose inverse. Then hit delete. Hope this helps!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

I've done it both ways - using the rectangular marquee, inverse, and delete.. and using a mask.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

The way MariJ's does it was the way I was thinking and used to do it. But Thank you April and everyone else. April, I now have a new way to do it also!! I love learning new things and I can save this page and come back to it since my memory can't be relied on LOL.

Thank you all again. The LO is done and I will be posting them soon. I managed to get 4 done, using quick pages, but that's why they call they quick pages I guess. :winking_baby:/>
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Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:36 PM

It is great to see you scrapping again Diane!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:08 PM

It is great to see you scrapping again Diane!


Thank you April!
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