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Old Jul 24, 2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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Cropping to a specific size

Hey there. I feel like this is a really simple question but I haven't been able to figure it out.

How do I crop (not resize) a picture to a specific (pixel by pixel) size? You know how on some forums, avatars are recommended to be "128 x 128" pixels? How can I do that? (In Preview, crop is a "guessing"-drag-y crop).

I did this with MSPaint in Windows *sigh*. Mac really needs a simple Paint-ish application. (Yes I know people have complained about this).

Thanks!

PS: If someone mentions Photoshop, I'm going to tear my hair out.
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Old Jul 24, 2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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How about Paintbrush
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Old Jul 24, 2009, 10:10 PM   #3
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Hey there. I feel like this is a really simple question but I haven't been able to figure it out.

How do I crop (not resize) a picture to a specific (pixel by pixel) size? You know how on some forums, avatars are recommended to be "128 x 128" pixels? How can I do that? (In Preview, crop is a "guessing"-drag-y crop).

I did this with MSPaint in Windows *sigh*. Mac really needs a simple Paint-ish application. (Yes I know people have complained about this).

Thanks!

PS: If someone mentions Photoshop, I'm going to tear my hair out.
As noted by others, Paintbrush will do it (I just tried it), as will LiveQuartz.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 02:23 AM   #4
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In Preview, Tools -> Adjust Size
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 10:54 AM   #5
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In Preview, Tools -> Adjust Size
Ah see. I believe that just "scales" the image down to that size.

How do you guys do it in Paintbrush? (Adjusting image size?) I'm just wondering if there's some other way of doing it. In MSPaint you can just drag the corner but that doesn't seem possible with Paintbrush.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:14 AM   #6
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take the picture into iphoto, use crop tool, set the area you want to crop, then choose the custom setting from the drop down size menu and set, it will crop and resive at the same time, or do one then the other, however you want to work.
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Toy Viewer, Freeware:
http://homepage.mac.com/t_ogihara/software/index.html

Will show the pixel/point size while dragging the crop box. Under Operation > Clip on the menu bar.
A great little graphics app that I have used for years. Works well with Leopard.
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