I set my Crop Tool to 8 x 10 (no units).
I was able to crop a portrait oriented image easily to the proper ratio without resampling. Nice!
Without changing the settings, I then invoked the crop tool on a landscape oriented image and noticed that the Crop Tool automatically showed a 10 x 8 ratio outline. AWESOME!!!
Yeah that's nice to have that feature without having to use the Rectangular marquee tool.
I think you'd get the same results in cs5 if one just entered the ratio in inches (resolution field blank) and then went to the image size and changed the resolution back to the original without resample on.
Message was edited by: R_Kelly
But with CS5 you knew that the crop tool knew what resolution you were working in (or wanted to crop to) just by looking at/filling a little box. Now it requires using a drop down menu.
With CS6 I have had to create presets for each of my own 3 printers, for the printers of two printing houses I work with regularly. That's 5 presets for 5x7, 5 presets for 7x5, and so on for every size.
I haven't even started with web, yet.
I would rather have it be a bit less whiz-bang and a little bit more practical.
I don't care about resolution. I wanted to be able to crop without resampling to a particular ratio, and now we have that.
Why do you believe you need to resample when you crop? Are you upsampling images?
No, I seldom upsample (and when I do, I use Perfect Resize plug in) but I work at 360 which is the highest resolution I ever need, but I do need to downsample often: for e-mails, for web, for the optimum size for the printer at the photolab, for the resolution book or catalog art designers want, for the resolution the giclee printer wants, for power point presentations--you get the idea.
My own archival image will be at the largest size and highest resolution, but there are many uses for both my personal images and the images for our business and resolution is just one component, but it's an IMPORTANT component.
I don't care about resolution.
Too many do.
"But it's for web... it HAS to be 72 DPI..."
Now that even cell phones are taking... 8MP plus. I think this fixation on the "right" PPI will fade.
Look at Pixel Dimensions.
I've always felt that maintaining the high working pixel count for the master image through all its phases then downsampling as part of final prep of the work product, is the best philosophy.
If I need an 8 x 10, I can crop to 8 x 10 ratio, maintaining pixels (without resampling). Then if that 8 x 10 needs to be a small web preview, I just Image - Image Size it to the size needed for web publication (e.g., 500 pixels in the long dimension).
If people want to Crop to a certain print size, they can just type in a unit of measure in the crop input, like 8 cm X 12 cm. This will change the metadata so the resulting image will print to a certain size without having to resample the image.
If you are cropping images for web, you can type in "px" in the crop input and the crop will resample to the indicated pixel dimensions.