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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Cropping Your Photo

If your photo has excessive space around an edge, or you’d like to change the composition of the picture, you can cut off the sides, or crop it. To do that, follow these steps:

1. Click the icon that looks like an art knife or press Shift+C to choose the crop tool.

2. Click your image in the top left of the area you’d like to keep, hold down the mouse button, and drag your mouse down and to the right.

When you release the mouse button, a box appears on the image, as you can see in Figure 7-3.

The inside of the box shows which bits of your image will be kept. Anything outside the box is cut off when you crop the image. You don’t have to get the position or size of the box right first time because it’s easy to adjust.

3. Click one of the corners and drag the mouse to change the size and shape of the box. You can also click and drag along one of the edges inside the box to adjust the width or height.

4. To reposition the box, click and drag in its center.

5. To crop the image, click inside the box or press the Enter key.

tip.eps If you make a mistake, you can use Ctrl+Z to undo, or use the History pane (see Figure 7-1) to go back to a previous version of the image.

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Figure 7-3: Cropping a photo ...

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