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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area

I know the heading for this technique doesn’t make much sense—“Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area.” How can the Crop tool (which is designed to crop photos to smaller sizes) actually make the canvas area (white space) around your photo larger? That’s what I’m going to show you.

Step One:

In the Elements Editor, open the image to which you want to add additional blank canvas area. Press the letter D to set your Background color to its default white.

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Step Two:

If you’re in Maximize Mode or tabbed viewing, press Ctrl-– (minus sign; Mac: Command-–) to zoom out a bit (so your image doesn’t ...

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