As you probably know, there are usually multiple ways to do most everything in Photoshop and Elements. I wanted to show you one of the methods I use to crop away extra white space around a design element in PSE as seen above. If you have the full version of Photoshop you can simply use Image, Trim,
but this is not an option in PSE (at least the older versions, it might be available in PSE8 or PSE9).
Anyone can try to select a design element using the crop or marquee tool, but it is difficult to crop all of the white out without removing parts of the image and trying to keep everything centered. So I will show you a little trick.
I wanted to mention I used a beautiful brush from Pixels & Ice Cream for this tutorial.
1. Open the logo/design element/etc. that has extra white space you wish to crop off.
2. Select W to get the magic wand tool. Make sure your settings on the menubar look similar to mine.
3. Click to select the white space around your design element.
4. Shift-Ctrl-I (or Select, Inverse).
5. Now your design element is selected.
6. Image, Crop. Then Ctrl-D to remove the "marching ants" selection.
Now all of the extra white space around your design elements is gone!
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