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Beginners Tutorial: Cropping with IrfanView

I was asked how to crop an image with IrfanView, so I created this basic tutorial, and decided I might as well post it on my weblog.

Please feel free to let me know what you think of it.

Before we begin, open IrfanView.

NOTE: For all actions here, use the primary mouse button - almost always the one on the left hand side.

Step 1

The first step is to load the image file.

Simply click the 'Open' button, and browse to the file in the usual way.

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Step 2

With the image open, move the mouse cursor to the top left corner where you want the image cropped:

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Step 3

Press down the mouse button and hold it down. The cursor will change to a crosshair.

step 3

Step 4

Drag the mouse down and to the right whilst holding the button and you will create a rectangle on screen.

Make it the appropriate size for your crop. (If in doubt, make the area slightly larger.)

step 4

Step 5

Release the mouse button and the rectange will stay where it is:

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Step 6

Go to the Edit menu and select the Crop selection option. Alternatively, press Ctrl-Y on the keyboard.

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Step 7

Your image has now been cropped to the selected area.

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Step 8

You now need to save the crop which you have made. Goto the File menu and select Save As.
(Alternatively, press S on the keyboard.)

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Step 9

Enter in a new filename for the image. If you need the image to be high quality, save as TGA.

Otherwise, a high quality JPG is a good choice. For JPG, ensure the "Show options dialog" box is ticked.

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Step 10

If you save as JPG, ensure you set the quality to the maximum (100% quality 0% compression)

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That's it - press the save button and you're done.

You can now repeat these steps for other images.