How to Crop & Resize a Photo to Exact Dimensions using Photoshop

How to resize a photo to the exact dimensions using the crop tool in Photoshop.

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Resizing a photo has become an essential skill with the adoption of social media as people are finding more need for imagery to fit certain spaces online like facebook, instagram, twitter and LinkedIn to name a few.  Since Photoshop is most used for editing the photos, and if not then most of the other photo editing software has a similar interface, I decided to share how I resize photos to the exact dimensions.

Steps for resizing photos to exact dimensions in Photoshop

Step 1

Open the photo you intend to edit in photoshop

Step 2

Choose the crop tool from the toolbar, or press the C key.

In the tool options bar at the top, change the option to W x H x Resolution. (Width, Height
Resolution). In the three text boxes given next tot he option put in the  width, height and the resolution (optional). If you want to save these dimensions for future use you can save this as a preset for the crop tool and use it from the drop down menu whenever you want to crop other images to the same size.

How to use the crop tool options in photoshop

Step 3

You can drag the image to place it properly in the crop handles like below.

Step 4

Press enter or press enter  to apply the crop.

Steps to use the crop tool in photoshop

You are done!.Photoshop is an extensive tool and other methods can be used to crop images to the exact dimensions but over the years I have found this to be the most accurate and least time consuming method. If you think you have a better method of cropping images to exact dimensions I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Author: palimadra

An earthling who is a perpetual learner as I constantly find new stuff to learn. I make websites and help to improve their visibility for professionals and small businesses to ensure that I put the food on the table. Each time I realize that I have been in the industry for 15 years it seems surreal as it feels as if I started about a year back but then I realize I have a 13 year old daughter! Some of the skills I have acquired are HTML5 & CSS3 development Website Development and Design WordPress Development Tumblr Development Bootstrap Framework node.js Jekyll Mentoring some bright and hardworking people is something I have enjoyed in the past. Blogging allows me to share my thoughts with whoever wants to hear (or read). Training is another area which I have dabbled in training (web development, SEO and online marketing) and I plan to take it further. At times I do practice Taekwondo and if I can find a partner play Lawn Tennis. Should you have the desire, feel free to contact me.

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