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Crop and straighten an image

You can crop images to improve their composition or eliminate unwanted parts. When cropping, you can use a preset or custom aspect ratio, or you can constrain the image to its original aspect ratio. You can also straighten images that were taken at an angle unintentionally.

Crop and straighten an image
  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. Resize the crop box to select the area of your image you want to keep by dragging the crop box handles.

    To constrain the crop box to an aspect ratio, click the Constrain pop-up menu and choose from the available presets.

    Tip: You can hold down the Option ⌥ key and drag one of the crop box handles to keep the center of the crop box fixed.

  3. To straighten the image, drag anywhere outside the crop box or move rotation wheel handle in the Tool Options pane.

    If you’d like to straighten the image automatically, click Auto Straighten in the Tool Options pane.

Note: When resizing, the crop box Pixelmator Pro shows a grid to help you adjust the crop box more precisely. You can choose to turn this grid on or off by selecting or deselecting Show Grid in the Tool Options pane.

Constrain the crop box to a custom aspect ratio or size
  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. If a crop preset is selected, click the Constrain pop-up menu and choose Custom Ratio or Custom Size.

  3. In the Tool Options pane, enter a new crop ratio or size into the designated fields.

Choose to hide or delete the cropped areas of an image

When cropping, you can choose whether you’d like to hide or delete the cropped contents of an image.

  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • Select Hide in the Tool Options pane to crop the image nondestructively and hide the cropped areas of an image.
    • Select Delete in the Tool Options pane to permanently delete the cropped areas of an image.
Save an aspect ratio as a crop preset
  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. Constrain the crop box to your required aspect ratio manually or by entering width and height values into the designated fields.
  3. In the Tool Options pane, click the Constrain pop-up menu and click at the top.

Redefine a crop preset

If you’d like to overwrite or update an existing preset with new settings, you can redefine it.

  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. Constrain the crop box to your required aspect ratio.
  3. In the Tool Options pane, click the Constrain pop-up menu.
  4. Click the disclosure triangle next to the preset you'd like to redefine and choose Redefine.
Delete a crop preset

If you’d like to overwrite or update an existing preset with new settings, you can redefine it.

  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, click the Constrain pop-up menu.
  3. Click the disclosure triangle next to the preset you'd like to delete and choose Delete.
Rename a crop preset
  1. Choose the Crop tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar.
    • Choose Image > Crop (from the Image menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the C key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, click the Constrain pop-up menu.

  3. Click the disclosure triangle next to the preset you'd like to rename and choose Rename.
  4. Enter a new name for your preset and press the Return ↵ key on your keyboard to confirm.

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