4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 30, 2008 11:07 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Crop and maintain aspect ratio

    LWoffy
      How do I crop a document and maintain the same aspect ratio as the original image in Fireworks CS3. Using the crop tool, have tried all combinations of shift, alt, ctrl keys whilst dragging the crop markers across the image, but nothing appears to keep to the same aspect ratio. cant see any setting either that will do it.
        • 1. Re: Crop and maintain aspect ratio
          JoeDaSilva Level 4
          Piece of cake (sorta). Open your image, select it, and then go to "crop selected bitmap". Now this is where you have to pay attention. When you move the mouse to one of the corners of the image, you could see a couple of different pointers. You're looking for the one that's two diagonal arrows as opposed to the traditional "crop" pointer. When you see the proper pointer, hold down shift to resize the selection and maintain the aspect ratio. Once you have the proper crop size just press enter to complete the action.
          • 2. Re: Crop and maintain aspect ratio
            JoeDaSilva Level 4
            Also, if you're trying to crop a "document" instead of flat image it's a little different. First, make note of your current document (canvas) size. Grab the crop tool from the tools panel and draw a box on the canvas. Now enter the size you made note of in the properties box at the bottom of the screen.

            Now you *have* the same aspect ratio. To resize and *maintain* it, you'll have to do the same trick as above and look for the correct pointer (two arrows), hold shift and resize away.
            • 3. Re: Crop and maintain aspect ratio
              LWoffy Level 1
              Thanks for the answer, got it - but would not have found this myself! I have been trying to use the crop tool as it suggests in the help, which does not appear to work in the same way as the edit>crop selected bitmap on the menu. Would make sense to have this method in the help files. After the crop using this method, I had to then fit canvas to the image - so its a 2 stage process - quite a cumbersome process.
              • 4. Re: Crop and maintain aspect ratio
                Level 7
                JoeyD1978 wrote:
                > Also, if you're trying to crop a "document" instead of flat image it's a little
                > different. First, make note of your current document (canvas) size. Grab the
                > crop tool from the tools panel and draw a box on the canvas. Now enter the size
                > you made note of in the properties box at the bottom of the screen.
                >
                > Now you *have* the same aspect ratio. To resize and *maintain* it, you'll have
                > to do the same trick as above and look for the correct pointer (two arrows),
                > hold shift and resize away.
                >

                To add a little to Joey's second post, you can also just draw a crop
                outside the entire document. It will snap to the canvas size. Then just
                hold the Shift key and drag from a corner as Joey has mentioned.

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