Crop to specific size (not a ratio of it) in Photoshop
I'd like to crop several images to a specific size. Previously, I would set the size in the crop tool and happily run through a few images and have them all crop to the same specific size.
Now it seems Photoshop wants to crop to a ratio of the specific dimensions. The final output is technically correct in that it's the right size but I want the crop tool to resize to the exact dimensions I've entered and not try to auto-fit to the current image with a ratio.
For example, I have an image that is
300 x 200 x 72. I want to crop it to
150 x 100 x 72 and have the crop tool appear as those exact dimensions, not as a ratio of them relative to the current image size.
I'm attaching a screenshot of what is happening, to help explain. I don't want this, I want the crop box to be the exact size I've specified so that I don't have to re-size the crop box for each image.
Since cropping can occur anywhere, and Photoshop introduced more on-the-fly interpolation of pixels to assist those unfamiliar with w+h+ppi restrictions, the proportional aspects of the crop tool are there to allow users to crop any part of the image and the result will be what is set in the Control/Options bar. In reality, I think many users are unaware that setting all 3 fields can cause their image to be interpolated.
It doesn't really matter what size (proportionately) you draw the crop box. The resulting, cropped, image will be whatever size/resolution you've set once you commit to the crop.
If you want a specific size selection, without proportional adjustments in the tool, use the Marquee Tool and set a "Fixed Size" in the Control/Options Bar. Then choose
Image > Crop when your marquee selection is positioned properly.
If all your images require a crop to the center, as your sample image shows, you can use
Image > Canvas Size and set the final dimensions you require. This will clip the canvas to the size desired.
Things have operated this way since at least CS4, if not earlier, to the best of my recollection.