How to Crop an Image to a Square in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Here at the CoolCalifornia Challenge, our standard newsletter image size is 150 x 150 pixels. But what if you've found an image that is significantly larger than 150 x 150 pixels? You may want to use that image in the future, in a larger size and higher resolution. In Adobe Photoshop CS5, it's possible to crop an image into a square without specifying pixel size or resolution, giving you a high quality image (which can also be scaled down to 150 x 150 pixels for a newsletter).

1. Open your image in Photoshop. Select the Crop tool. Type "1 in" in both the Width and Height boxes, but leave the Resolution box blank.

2. Crop your image into a square using the Crop tool.

3. Nicely done! This will look good in a newsletter or wherever you need a square image.

4. Click on "Image" and then "Image Size" to check the dimensions of the image.

5. Save your image. Since the CoolClimate Drupal gallery will not allow you to upload images larger than 800 MB, adjust the quality until the image is smaller than 800 MB.