Photoshop CS6: How do reposition the crop area after selecting the crop tool?

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Problem: when I have the rectangular-marquis-selection tool chosen (but nothing selected), and then switch to the crop tool, I can't simply re-position the crop area—not re-size it, just move it around. If I click and drag like I'm going to move it, it draws a selection instead, with the crop boundaries still at the perimeter of my image. When I release the click-drag, the crop perimeter changes to the rectangle I've drawn. Once I hit undo, then the crop tool behaves properly, my cursor-icon switches from the marquis tool to the solid-arrow cursor and I can re-position the crop anywhere I want.

The crop tool may be behaving properly, in fact... therefore, my issue could merely be a subjective preference for what the initial behavior should be, for the crop tool?

I dunno...
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Chris Cox

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Which product are you using?
Which version?
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If this is Photoshop CS6, I think I see what you're referring to. If you go to crop, the tool is in marquee draw mode. Sounds like you simply want to move the crop region instead. If you draw and marquee and undo, you get that mode of the tool.

I couldn't find a modifier to get into that state. Let me ask the engineer to developed the feature.
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Hi Jeffrey,

I'm using the Photoshop CS6 beta, correct. How do you change modes for the crop tool? Is there a menu somewhere I'm not using? I fiddled with it some more, and realized that when I select the crop tool, it immediately goes into marquee mode, which then becomes the new crop size, however you "draw" that rectangle. In my scenario, I had no issue with the image dimensions, only the placement of the subject, so to fix it I just wanted to move the crop area to a different spot, not resize or change it's shape. Does that make sense? I've added my image this time, and 2 screenshots of what was happening (hope their names help understand). Thanks!
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In the 3 images I posted above:

First is the original image.
Second is how I wanted to shift the crop area over, without resizing it.
Third is what was happening instead; instead of moving the crop area, it was drawing a marquis, not moving the crop area.
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Hi Jeffrey,

I need to ask the engineer for more information. We'll get back to you.
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To move the crop rectangle, you need to activate the crop first. A single-click in the crop box or hitting the Enter key will accomplish that, after which you can move the crop box as you'd like. The default behavior of dragging out a crop box instead of moving the default one was chosen to minimize disruption to existing workflows. Sometimes it is quicker to just drag out a crop rectangle than to modify the default one.
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Thanks Tai! Pressing the Enter key works... thanks for the clarifying the crop tool's behavior. It makes sense now!
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Li Ko

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Crop Tool -> Settings Button -> Use Classic Mode
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thank you for this one -- pretty girl and was the only answer that worked for me!!