3.4.2. Crop Tool

The Crop Tool is used to crop or clip an image or layer. This tool is most used to remove borders, or to eliminate unwanted areas to provide you with a more focussed working area. It is also useful when wanting specific image sizes such as for desktop wallpapers.

Activate Tool
  • The Crop Tool can be called in the following order, from the image-menu: Tools/ Transform Tools /Crop & Resize .

  • The Tool can also be called by clicking the tool icon:

Key modifiers (Defaults)

The Shift-c shortcut will change the active tool to the Crop Tool.


Holding Ctrl will switch the Crop Tool mode between Crop and Resize.


Holding Alt will toggle the use of Allow Enlarging.



The available tool options for Crop can be accessed by double clicking the Crop tool icon.

Tool Toggle

The Tool Toggle for the Crop Tool alternates between Crop mode and Resize mode.

Crop Mode is the standard mode of operation for the Crop Tool. Cropping an image or layer will change a layer by eliminating everything outside the cropping area. The cropping area can be set by either dragging the tool to form a rectangle area or manually setting the origin, width, and height. Cropping areas can also be set based on an existing selection or by using the Auto Shrink button. These options are available within the Crop And Resize Information dialog which is shown when the Crop Tool is clicked on an image or layer.

Resize Mode works in a similar fashion to Crop Mode with the exception that the layer or layers affected by the cropping are not changed in size. That is to say that the layer size remains as it is, but the pixel information outside the cropping region is removed.

Current Layer Only

This option will make the crop or resize affect only the active layer.

Allow Enlarging

This option allows the crop or resize to take place outside the image or layer boundary.

Crop And Resize Information


The Origin selectors allow the manual setting of the top left corner of the cropping region. The units may also be chosen.


The Width and Height selectors allow the manual setting of both the width and the height of the cropping area. The units may also be chosen.

From Selection

This button will resize the cropping area to encompass all active selections contained within the image.

Auto Shrink

The Auto Shrink button will attempt to locate a border from which to draw dimensions from.