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As descried in Lesson 2, you can use the built-in crop tool to select any desired portion of an image. Drag any of the 8 cropping handles to resize the selected portion (). The blue-tinted portion () will be removed. At the right are other advanced controls, described below.

Control the Aspect Ratio

By default, you can freely drag the cropping handles, thus selecting any size of image. Make the option Blend with Opposite Image () checked to help you determine the corresponding portion of the opposite source image. It is recommended that the source images should have the same aspect ratio to avoid image distortion. The simplest method is to choose the same aspect ration from the Aspect Ratio Box () by cropping each source image. Note, if you have previously set the movie size, "Match to movie" is the best choice. The Landscape and the Portrait options will cause the aspect ratio to be reversed when cropping takes place.

Rotate, Flip

Rotating is useful for aligning some digital camera images. Flipping may create a desired effect, and may also be used to bring images into closer alignment  Use the Rotate and Flip Switches () to perform these actions.

Info about Size

You can see info about the original image size and the current cropping size in the Size Frame ().


When cropping an image to which you have already added dots, dots located within the selected portion are displayed in normal style, but dots located outside the selected portion are highlighted.

All dots located outside of the selected portion of an image will be removed after cropping. So try to take care of cropping before placing any dots.

Key dots will be rotated or flipped along with an image which is rotated or flipped.

You can move the selected area to a new position on the original image by dragging with the mouse or by using keyboard shortcuts.


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