Cropping an Image for a Better Design

Jennifer Foy has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Freehand and InDesign for Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia; and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director and Universal Woods with the Unisub and Chromaluxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at

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You’ve got a photo that’s not so great, with distracting elements in the image. Wonder why Instagram is so popular? Go square. Crop the image to a square and it can change how the image looks. Cropping is a great opportunity to change the mood of a photograph. With your Crop tool settings (using Illustrator), I suggest allowing for a shaded preview so you can easily see where you will be cropping. For a true square, hold down the shift key while you drag out the Crop tool.

—Jennifer Foy, Unisub