Thank you. I can see the green check mark at bottom of photo to finish a square crop. But where is the button after selecting an area with magnetic lasso or wand to crop, unless this s is not used for cropping? Tutorial doesn't mention neither the button nor cropping.
Note: I had to retype my question all over again, when I just clicked "submit question" and then this page pops up.
Try it and you'll see it doesn't work. Yes, it will crop a square or a rectangle, but that's not my question. It is using selection tool like lasso or magic wand to go around a tree, and crop this out of the picture.
What you want to do is not what is usually called 'cropping'. Cropping always yields a rectangular result. What you want to do is to 'cut' the outside part of a selection.
Simply invert the selection (menu select) and use 'delete' on your keyboard.
Yes, what MichelB said. Every digital image, every single one, is rectangular or square. The illusion of other shapes is achieved by making the unwanted areas transparent, but you can never crop to any shape other than a rectangular one, in any program.
Thank you for your feedback. Please check out Photo Shop Editor foor $25 if you wish to crop various shapes out of photos. Even Photoshop Elements can do it, go to Image/Photo Extractor -- it's the only way I know to do it in this program, I was hoping the other ways I mentioned would also work. There was an old version of Photoshop I used to work with years ago that was better than Elements, more expensive as I recall.
Once, again, there is no program on earth that can do this. Many programs including PSE, can create transparent areas in an image but there is no digital image in existence that is not rectangular. When you use the magic extractor you are creating transparency, not cropping to a non-rectangular shape---the extractor does not crop your image in any way whatever. It's still exactly the same dimensions when you finish as it was when you entered the extractor. No version of Photoshop can do this, because it can't be done under current technology.
You can crop an image or you can isolate an object with transparency but those are not both the same thing.
I think what you're saying is true, I understand your now better than before. I think you know what I mean. Aside from the terminology and technical words, the Magic Extractor and the Photo Crop Editor does what I was looking for, to crop -- this is the term other programs use for this, it's most common sensical -- odd images and paste it on a page, with the rest of the image being transparent. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 seems like a fairly good program but it's not user friendly in my opinion in the sense that I've got to do a lot of reading and studying before I figure out what the program does. And even then I couldn't figure it out.