Elements 15: Crop Tool should default to no resolution

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The resolution field of the crop tool will sometimes have a value in it sometimes not.  It should always default to no resolution so that it is a simple crop.  I never want a value in it and find it very annoying to discover that it auto fills in sometimes when I'm not expecting it.  The tool should only crop.  If I want to resize I can use the resize tool.
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Christi Misener

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Steve Lehman

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Keep complaining in every forum about the crop tool and I will complain about the marque tool.    They need to listen to us.  Wheres the size tool? is that the marque you use for that?  Photoshop has been broken far too long.  We need another manufacturer.  Give us back PSE 3 and 4 and make them 64 bit programs for Win-10.  Those PSE worked!   
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I just switched to Adobe Elements 13 bundle, my last PSE was v7, where everything worked!  I hate PSE 13 slideshow options. And now that that the slideshow real editor is not there like it iuse to be, how do you guys create still picture slideshows to Premiere? Looks to me like if you want to Pan and Zoom with your own controls, you have to bring individual still pictures into Premier, and do it in Premier timeline? I use dozens of still picture slideshows, and going to try to that one at time in Premier, is that the best way? I don't like the pre-selected slide show options in PSE 13 or above. Thanks
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Christi Misener

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It would be nice if you commented on the topic at hand.  This was not about slideshows.
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If you used a particular resolution or "Use Photo Ratio" in the tool options, it remains the same until you change it to "No Restriction" or use a tool reset option to the right of the ? in the tool options.  Does that help?
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Well, don't wait for a fix.  Setup your slideshow.  Not many of us use Premier to setup slideshows, mainly because photo editing is all about creativity and switching to both programs is just a lot of work.   I will help you with your slideshow, I have done lots of these.  

Use a separate program.  Look professional.  Buy or find a free download of a separate slideshow program.  I tell my photo customers to do this too.  It's not fair to charge more than the cost of a program, and it's a DIY project.  I have another software recommendation below.   

Here's how a pro sets it up.  (I'm a photo pro in business and a software engineer).  Start by gathering only the photos for the slideshow in ONE single folder and keep out all other photos on your hard drive.  That's because, the program will gather all photos from all folders on your hard drive at once - unless you designate ONE folder and use only those for the slideshow.  The program keeps the entire folder on standby until you get the setup completed. If you select each photo separately, you will have an ugly mess.  In the settings you want the program to do 2-seconds of photos on-screen, and 2-seconds off-screen during a transition between slides.  Shorter or longer times will create boredom.  The 2-seconds rule is the same timing in a slide projector. Yes, I have one of those too, and timing is everything. Slideshow programs have different transition settings, such as, blinds, swirls etc, but DO NOT use those. Those are a sign of inexperience.  Be a pro!   Having a blank 'pause' between slides is more professional.  It's like having a blank 'pause' between music transitions on a record, or CD/DVD.  Graphics between slides is like having two shows in one, and it feels like its taking too long.   

To fill a one-hour slideshow you'll need 900 photos.  (60 seconds divided by 4 seconds is 15 photos and 15 photos per minute X 60 minutes is 900). If an audience is roaming in and out, then a 15 to 30 minute show works well if setup in a loop. If your audience is sitting for a show, run it for 30 minutes, and then an intermission, then another 30 minutes of show, if that.  "Sitting-shows" are good for family holidays while a family is waiting for turkey and have nothing else but Lucy shows.  Don't mix office photos with photos of friends or hobby to fill the time. If your theme is family, stay with that.  If your theme is work related, keep it there.  If it's a sales presentation, use Power Point with captions instead.  Don't include a marital announcement or proposal. That's tacky and she will say "NO".  I've been married twice and currently for 30 years.   

Another program that's way-better is Roxio disc burn.  Besides burning music, it has a slideshow setup which has the bells and whistles.  It'll cost money but you get disc burns with it.  Disc burn functions that come with Windows 7, 8, 10, just won't work well and we professionals (and software engineers) won't use that.  Software engineers know that the drag and drop function in Windows can cause a photo to drop and you may not see it again.  A cheaper Nero doesn't work better than Roxio.  I've used Roxio since 1998 and I think its more solid than Nero which came in 2003.  

So I guess this is not really a PSE answer but it's a good recommendation.  I am not from Adobe.  I am a MCSE engineer who is well accepted and respected by Adobe.  I do lots of technical troubleshooting for Windows and Adobe products too.  Do a professional job.   
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To Christi and to Kathy;  
Christi, my error. I was replying to another on the other board. Sorry.  
Kathy, your reset tool was good. Embarrassing for a Windows MCSE.
Thanks!   

Steve Lehman, MCSE