Leave it in or out?
One can greatly impact the ‘look and feel’ of an image with wise choices about what should be included and what should not. This process is known as cropping and is a fundamental image manipulation technique. Cropping alters the original visual; it changes the outer shape, internal scale, and inner content and can modify the focus.
It is important to understand the distinction between cropping, which is the digital equivalent of cutting a photograph with a pair of scissors and resizing or resampling, which is a technique designer will use to reduce the dimensions of an image to Web-appropriate sizes.
In the digital context, cropping is the act of cutting a visual, whether it is a photograph or an illustration using only a part of it, not its entirety.
Careful cropping or retouching can make an artistic or aesthetic statement out of what would not be visually exciting.
Cropping an image is a technique that makes the imagery seem a part of the overall design and not the focal point.
The beauty of smartphones is that you can crop the image almost immediately after capturing it, or you can edit it with the photo imaging app installed on your device.
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