Example Image for Cropping
Many reasons to need to crop an image. Making rectangles square, or
making squares into rectangles. Cutting a lot of useless background to
bring out the subject better. etc. To get to the crop tool, you can
either press the
button on the toolbox or right click on the image and follow the menu
→ → in the image window. This will change
the cursor and allow you to click and drag a rectangular shape. The
button in the toolbox is the nicest way to get to any of the tools. I
have chosen one of the huge and beautiful APOD images
Select a Region to Crop
I always click on the approximate upper left corner and drag to the
lower right corner. You don't need to worry about being accurate on this
first swipe with the crop tool.
Dialog for Cropping
After completing the click and drag motion, a little
“Crop and Resize Information Dialog”
(shown above also) pops up, telling you information about the borders
that were defined in the click and drag.
(In GIMP 2.4, the cropping tool has been changed.
See Section 4.4, “Crop”.)
We will have to change all of the numbers. If you would like to make
this rectangular image square, you should find the width and height from
the Get Image Information Quickie (see
Section 4.5, “
Find Info About Your Image
”. Use the smallest of the
two lengths to determine the size of the square. In my 300 x 225 pixel
image, the largest square I can get is 225 x 225 pixels, and I will need
to make sure the Y origin is 0. At that point, I use the image and the
squares to get the best part of the image for the area. The upper right
and lower left crop squares will move the marked area. The other two
(upper left and lower right) will change the dimensions of the marked
area, so be careful. I have a screenshot of this, right after I fixed
the width and height and the Y origin, but before the final positioning.
The arrows show the move points. I decided that the image looked the
best with the X Origin at 42.