3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 3:50 PM by Little_Pale_Face RSS

    Cropping - Why can't I get rid of the grey border?

    AWaight Community Member

      Hi,

       

      I am working thro Scott Kelby's book on Elements 10.  In Chapter 3 on cropping, his images fit neatly inside the ruler margins.  Mine are surrounded by a big grey border.  What am I doing wrong please?  Any help appreciated.  Thanks.

      Also I am not clear about what he means when he says ' while dragging, you can press and hold the space bar to adjust the positions of the border'.  I use a trackpad with an iMac, it's quite fiddly to hold down the space bat and click and drag the cropped area.  Anyway, nothing different seems to happen when I do. 

        • 1. Re: Cropping - Why can't I get rid of the grey border?
          Little_Pale_Face MVP

          Hi,

           

          Check your editor preferences: Edit -> Preferences -> General

          Make sure Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode is checked

           

          In the editor, go to Windows -> Images and select Float in Window

           

          That should get rid of the grey border,

           

          If you watch the cursor, when you hold the space bar down, the cursor should change to a hand. If the image is larger than the screen, using the space bar enables you to move the image around to see the parts outside of the window - works with many tools. This is useful when zoomed in for editing and you want to move slightly.

           

          Hope that all makes sense.

           

          Brian

          • 2. Re: Cropping - Why can't I get rid of the grey border?
            AWaight Community Member

            Many thanks, Brian.  I tried that and the grey border has disappeared.

             

            Thanks, too, for explaining what happens when holding down the space bar.  I can see it now.  Last night it was driving me crazy! I appreciate the help.

             

            Alison.

            • 3. Re: Cropping - Why can't I get rid of the grey border?
              Little_Pale_Face MVP

              Hi Alison,

               

              I hope you get to enjoy using Photoshop Elements - if you do ever get stuck then this is the place to come. There are many experts around who will surely be able to help you.

               

              I don't have a trackerball but have a look at the controls for it, sometimes there is a way to do a click and hold so that you don't have to hold the button down while moving the trackerball.

               

              Good luck

               

              Brian