photoshop 2015 with artboards feature won't crop

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Sep 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015

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I upgraded to Photoshop CC 2015, created a new logo, and I can't get the crop tool to work. The artboard, named Artboard1, contains the four layers.

When I select the area around the logo and try to crop it, nothing happens.

I also tried to use the Trim tool to remove all space based on transparent pixels, and nothing happens.

I tried going back to crop settings in use before the 2015 update, but still no luck.

Any ideas?

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Adobe Employee , Sep 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015

Hi RickRicholson,

That is the expected behaviour.

Once you have setup artboards, your image is now using an infinite canvas and thus, the crop tool doesn't do anything.

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015

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Hi RickRicholson,

That is the expected behaviour.

Once you have setup artboards, your image is now using an infinite canvas and thus, the crop tool doesn't do anything.

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017

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Not helpful.

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Contributor ,
Jan 18, 2022 Jan 18, 2022

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I came upon this thread since I just could not find the composition tools anymore (golden ratio, spiral, etc.). Please find a good way to combine artboards with the cropping tool functionality. Especially for cases when

 

- needing the composition tools / guides

- needing to crop while accidentially having an artboard (this can easily happen multiple ways)

- reducing the project to only a cropped region (e.g. when using other artboards as brainstorming ground)

 

Best,

Andreas

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 05, 2015 Oct 05, 2015

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Chetna is correct. The Crop tool is not relevant for artboard documents. To change the size of your artboard, use the artboard tool.

We'll be disabling it in future releases.

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2015 Oct 09, 2015

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But that's crazy. If I'm working on a design, and decide I just like one part of it - In the past I'd crop and keep working. Can you explain how someone now does that?

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New Here ,
Oct 10, 2015 Oct 10, 2015

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Ah, select the artboard name, move the edges and size to the image as desired. Done. Correct? It's like cropping, as good as...

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 10, 2015 Oct 10, 2015

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It's a bit different.

The Crop Tool and the Crop Menu item change the canvas size. Pixel data on pixel layers gets trimmed (destructive). Other layer types persist, even if they are outside the new canvas bounds. So for a file that is mostly pixel data, you can realize some file size saving at the expense of damaging your pixel data.

Artboard documents have a dynamically sized canvas with the intention of giving you the illusion of an infinite canvas. Which is why if you crop, the underlying canvas (which is hidden) just snaps back to include all the layers.

Were you expecting the Crop Tool to delete non-pixel layers outside the crop bounds? (e.g. Shape or Text layers.) It does not do that.

Artboards are a container (a group) with a clipping mask and a number of special behaviors. A key difference between Crop and the Artboard container is that Artboards are not destructive to pixel layers. That means if you decide to shift things around a bit within the artboard afterwards, the pixel data is still there and can come into view.

So yes, modify the artboard bounds to show the content you want to reveal.

If you are looking for an alternate method for trimming pixels in a pixel layer, there are probably a number of methods. Here's one: Select the area of the pixel layer you want to keep with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Make sure the selection is the area outside the marquee (you may need to invert your selection: Select>Inverse), then choose Edit>Clear to clear the pixels outside the area you selected.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 26, 2016 Feb 26, 2016

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I absolutely hate artboards

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2016 Jul 30, 2016

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Hello
I HATE artboards, how do I disable this function please??
Thank you in advance

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2016 Sep 04, 2016

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For those who don't want to deal with the new way, use classic cropping. Change your settings using the gear icon at the top of the screen when you are using the crop tool. Choose Use Classic Mode and Enable Crop Shield. Life is good again.

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Explorer ,
Mar 01, 2017 Mar 01, 2017

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The cropping gear tool is greyed out. I won't be using Artboards in PSD. I'll continue to use Legacy files and the cropping tool.

Under the Preferences, the user can select or click on 'Use Legacy "New Document" Interface' and the user can continue to use PSD the old way. The crop tool should be renamed if one is using Artboards. This wasn't a good area of development on behalf of Adobe.

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Explorer ,
Jul 22, 2016 Jul 22, 2016

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My $0.02 if it's not a crop tool, then don't call it a crop tool. It's infuriating and a massive waste of time to do simple things when ambiguity exits.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 15, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

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Completely agree. Why is the button labeled Crop tool but doesn't crop. Maddening, Adobe. Get out of your silos and take care of these basic UI and UX issues. Another reason why I don't use ANY of your mobile apps, but use Procreate to draw instead. Every day.

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New Here ,
Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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This is horrible UX. I use the crop tool every few minutes when I'm creating stuff for the web. So you're saying that if I'm using artboards, this tool is useless? But ​why though????

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Explorer ,
Jun 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016

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Please don't disable cropping in future releases!

If I have a document with hundreds of layers and want to destructively crop them all to a selection, are you telling me I'll have to manually inverse-select every single layer and delete, and then use the cropping tool to manually drag the artboard size?

That is insane.

Old behaviour is M, draw box, ALT, I, P. Done.

What you're suggesting for future releases of Photoshop will make that workflow a repetitive nightmare.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016

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We won't remove the ability to bulk crop pixel layers. I agree this is very useful.

The problem is that Crop does not do what people expect in Artboard documents, as evidenced by the OP, and thus the current implementation is confusing.

No changes right now. But we would like to remove the confusion.

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Explorer ,
Jun 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016

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Glad to hear it :]

Perhaps 'crop' should be greyed out if you're using artboards, and another option could be added 'crop artboard' or 'crop all' ?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 24, 2016 Jul 24, 2016

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I agree with Ed@SF, cropping should mean that you are destroying pixels.

But not everyone would see it that way anymore.

What is the trim function supposed to do? And how does that work with artboards?

I think the term crop should be dropped and renamed to 'trim'. And it should destroy pixels off the artboard/s.

If you don't want to destroy pixels, you simply change the artboard size (that would be your non-destructive crop).

Also, the term canvas should also be replaced entirely with 'artboard'.

Everything should behave the same way, whether you are working on 1 artboard or multiple artboards.

I like artboards!

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Explorer ,
Jul 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016

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Totally agree with DesignStunt there.

Having both the concept of Canvas and Artboard simultaneously makes no sense to the user, it's legacy soup and shows a big lack of confidence in Adobe's design direction (or at least suggests there's a 'design by committee' process going on behind the scenes).

Maybe 'crop' should be 'crop artboard to selection', alongside a new option 'trim artboard to selection' which is non-destructive.

The 'Canvas size...' menu option should perhaps be removed entirely and replaced with 'Artboard size...' which just brings up the current artboard dialog.

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Explorer ,
Feb 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017

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Looks like it. Ridiculous. Please offer an option to disable this. It is so complicated now. Took me 1/2 to figure it out based on this forums.

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Explorer ,
Feb 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017

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I cannot believe this was changed. How to make something simple into something complicated. I have used this program for so many years and to have to deal with this BS is unbelievable. Way to go Adobe.

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2017 Mar 01, 2017

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This solution doesn't work. I use the Artboard tool, I shrink the size. I go to export the image AND IT'S LIKE I NEVER REDUCED THE ARTBOARD. I also can't enable "classic crop mode" as described by another commenter.

Adobe - WHY would you implement a tool that you admit is confusing and requires changes in order to make work. This is downright pathetic and infuriating.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2016 Mar 02, 2016

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If I have artwork that takes up a smaller area of the artboard, I can resize it by selecting the artboard in Layers and resizing it.

I have 5 icons in a row, that take up 279x39 pixels and the artboard has been resized to these proportions (as crop isn't for artboards, as mentioned above).

When I export > Save for Web, should my final artwork be resized? As in the preview and when it's saved the files it the original (larger) proportions.

Cheers,

Steve

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New Here ,
Jul 15, 2016 Jul 15, 2016

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I have the same issue. I just want a simple way to 'crop' a portion of an image and save it out. In the moment. I don't want to setup slices and I don't want to change my artboards. I just want to cut out and save a portion of an image. Old crop tool was great for that, and I don't understand why it needs to be conflated with artboards. It's very confusing, I agree.

In my mind (same as Rick), I should be able to 'crop' across a portion of a view, regardless of whether there are artboards involved.

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