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Thu, May 3, 2012 11:34 AM

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Photoshop: Why change the crop tool in CS6? How can I get the old behavior back?

Why did the crop method change? For so many years, cropping worked by moving the crop frame in the image. Now, you have to move the image around the crop frame. For those of us who actually came out of the darkroom, the new way is awkward. Why did it have to change?

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Official Solution

Adobe Administrator

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8 years ago

Many of the new crop tool features are the result of feedback from customers.

If you prefer the old behavior better, simply click the gear icon in the Crop tool options bar and check "Use Classic Mode":

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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454 Points

Jeffrey, Classic Mode doesn't reset this feature to the actual classic behavior. So this doesn't really solve the problem.

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106 Points

obviously never used prior versions of photoshop...

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Adobe Administrator

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8 years ago

The team has been looking at some changes/refinements to the crop tool based on feedback from this thread.

I'd like to invite handful of folks who are interested in giving us ongoing feedback about crop, and Photoshop as whole, to join our prerelease program.

It does require a bit of a commitment, so please only volunteer if participating is something you're really interested in.

Let me know your interest by responding to this thread. (You don't need to post your email or personal contact info - I can send you a direct message with more details)

Thanks!

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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542 Points

I will help with feedback about the crop tool.

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Thank you Jeffrey for getting back with us about this problem. I will help you as Photoshop is how I make my living. It's important to me.

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Jeff, very interested and committed, this product is key to my business

Cheers

Mike

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264 Points

I am very interested in working on crop tool changes. Am so glad to see this first step.
Ann

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Just give the tool a real classic mode, please.

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430 Points

8 years ago

I came out of the darkroom, too. And I like the new cropping tool comming from Lightroom to Photoshop.

If you whant to use the old version, you can do this by manualy changing.

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90 Points

8 years ago

Thanks Karl and Jeffrey! I hadn't seen the "Classic" option. I'll be damned if I can see an advantage by using the new way, but I've been training myself to "go the opposite way" when nudging the new-style crop frame. If there's some advantage to the new style that I'm missing, please don't hold back, and just let me know. I'd hate to be so stuck in my old ways that I miss something helpful.

Daemon

Adobe Administrator

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8 years ago

It may feed odd at first but it has advantages - especially if you start to rotate when you crop. The crop remains at 90 degrees and image moves within that frame. Makes visualizing the crop easier (unless you like turning your head 5-10 degrees to visualize your crop)

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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488 Points

it is annoying, it shifts the focus while working which is IDIOTIC!

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90 Points

8 years ago

You're right, I suppose. Head-turning was always the way to visualize that magic that can happen with good cropping. It never seemed like a big effort, though.

Anything else?

Daemon

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180 Points

8 years ago

Another option: Working in CS5, I first rotate the image: Image>Image Rotation>Arbitrary>In the Rotate Canvas Window, specify the rotation. Then the crop tool is square to the frame, and you don't have to tilt your head. I found it very difficult to judge whether or not the image was square to the frame when my head was tilted. BTW: At age 66, I also learned photo processing in the darkroom, working with silver halide; not silicone.

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130 Points

8 years ago

i switched it to classic mode.. but its still not behaving like it used to.

I would always crop by clicking off the image, and then drag over to the desired crop

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542 Points

8 years ago

I too want the old crop tool back. Classic mode doesn't cut it. The old way was simpler. I could hit C for the crop tool, hit the return key, put in my length, width, and resolution, and hit enter and it's done. With the new "improved" crop tool (set in "Classic" mode), I have to hit C, then return, then R, then put in length, width, and resolution. Then I have to grab the corners and crop, and hit enter. If I want to do anything else with the image after this, I feel like I have to get out of the crop tool to get rid of the crop box.

I hope they come out with some kind of extension or plug-in to get the old tool back. I've used this one for a couple of months now, and it is slowing me down.

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110 Points

8 years ago

I think i found a solution. Try using the perspective crop tool. It has the old Height, width & res. It also has "front image" I have used all of these everyday in my job. I have no idea what Adobe was thinking! A true "classic" mode would be nice but this looks to be working. Best way to use the new crop tool is to NOT use it ;)

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454 Points

I though this was the solution, but then I got the following error message: "Could not use the perspective tool because image contains unsupported layer types." So I'm back to square one.

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488 Points

Typical for a half-baked feature added for adding sake.

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542 Points

8 years ago

Brian,

Is there a way to constrain proportions with the perspective crop too? I can't find it.

This does make me think it would be easy for Adobe to give us the old, classic crop tool. The more I use the new one, the less I like it.

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110 Points

8 years ago

NEVER MIND. F U Adobe and you stupid new crop tool!

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110 Points

8 years ago

Yes Jim, they really missed the boat on this one! Hey Adobe .. you readin this????

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264 Points

8 years ago

I find the new crop tool takes several steps to do what was simple & the size & resolution was controlled from the keyboard. Saved time & having to use the mouse or stylus to go to drop down menus.
The cumbersome cropping in CS6 may be liked by novices, but for production people, it doesn't cut it.
I do like having the added cropping ratio guides, but not the rest.

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370 Points

8 years ago

Let me add my complaint, I hate the new crop tool, I want the old tool back. In fact, I may end up dumping CS6 and going back to CS5 over this, it's that bad.

I've been trying for a couple of weeks to get used to the CS6 crop tool and can not. It's not only inconsistent in the way it works, it's non-intuitive, doesn't work the way any other crop tool works and I constantly find myself fussing around to do what was a no-brainer before.

Please at least give the ability to go back to the way it was -- the "Classic Mode" is not the way it was, it's not even a poor imitation.