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Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide

Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide - Your web browser can be used to help you view your photos in a new way by turning it into a useful cropping tool.

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Words & pictures Peter Bargh, ePHOTOzine
Cropping your digital photos not only reduces the file size it also enhances a composition. When you view your digital photograph that's displayed on a web site, such as ePHOTOzine, it's easy to use the browser and your desktop as a useful cropping tool. First click on a picture to view it at its maximum size.


Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide
If the web site your viewing on has optimised your photos they will be displayed at around 500-600pixel wide so they can be viewed in full comfortably on most people's monitors at a resolution of 800x600.
Larger photos often scale down when opened by the browser.
Now drag the bottom right corner of the browser window so that it cuts into the bottom right corner of the displayed photo. You will notice that the scroll bars now appear down the right and across the bottom of the window. Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide
You can now scroll the photo so the top and left disappears out of the window. Carefully adjust each until the window acts like a cropping tool and so that you have exactly what you want showing at the top and left of the photo. Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide
Now click on the bottom right again and drag this to crop the bottom and right sides of the photo.
You can now move all four edges using the above methods until you have exactly the crop required.

This short but effective technique is ideal for those of you who may have had your photos critiqued by the web site's photographic experts and want to see what the suggested crop would look like before opening it in your image editing program.
Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide
You can also use it to check to see if the horizon is level. It's surprising how many pictures are submitted to ePHOTOzine where the photographer has concentrated so much on the foreground subject that he's not noticed the wonky horizon! Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide
In this example you can see the photo looks okay, but on close inspection, using our cropping technique, it actually drops down to the right and needs a small amount of anti-clockwise rotation. Use your web browser as a quick visual cropping guide

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