Compact camera image
Resulting slide, by default, without cropping
Result using ‘crop to fit’ option.
Cropping in Photoshop
If you would rather ‘crop to fit’ yourself, then accurate cropping in Photoshop is easy and you can greatly speed up working with a lot of files by making use of presets.
Select the Crop tool
In the drop-down dialogue box choose 2:3. By default the cropping box is portrait.
If your image is landscape then click the ‘reverse’ button and the box rotates
Now click and hold on a corner and you can drag the cropping rectangle around, locked in 2:3 proportions at all times. When you are happy hit the return/enter key and your work is done. ‘Save as’ the file to a new name so that your new cropped version doesn’t overwrite the original.
You can save this crop setting so that you can return to it at any time – just name it something useful. You will see we have a couple of presets set up for 35mm slides and View-Master reels.