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Have you ever wanted to crop your photo different dimensions only to find out you will lose the subject’s head going from a 4×6 to 8×10 aspect ratio? Have you ever wished that you had a vertical format or square format instead of horizontal (or visa versa)? Have you ever wished you could just add some space where there is none left on your image?

If so, this video on “Expanding your canvas in Photoshop” is for you. I would love to you know your thoughts or questions – so add them to the comment section. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to let others know of it and also to use the social bookmarking tools to spead the word.


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  1. Brendan on April 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I love your video tutorials. Thanks & please keep them coming !!!

  2. Katy G on April 29, 2009 at 9:18 am

    This was great…never knew any of that was possible using the crop tool. Love your tutorials. 🙂

  3. Diane Stewart on April 29, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Thank you so much for you videos and the time you spend explaining photoshop! It is soooo helpful, and I have learned a ton from you. I visit your blog daily to see what else you come up with.

  4. Jeanine on April 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I was struggling with how to do this just yesterday. Thanks I really appreciate it. I just fixed my son’s profile pic against Lake Michigan from last summer!

  5. Beth B on April 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Cool, Jodi! That was really helpful!! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Kristin Cook on April 29, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Thanks! It’s so helpful to actually WATCH it being done!

  7. Candy F on April 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Wow! Thanks Jodi! That sure does beat cloning the space!

  8. Nat on April 29, 2009 at 10:44 am

    wow!!! thank you i have been trying to figure this out for a while now. that was great and i can’t believe how easy it is.

  9. Amy on April 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Thanks so much Jodi for posting this video tutorial! I have done a little canvas stretching using the Marquis tool and then transforming, but I never knew you could add canvas using the Crop tool.I have learned so much from your tutorials and I look forward to reading your site everyday!!!

  10. Michelle on April 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    You’re a genious! :)Thanks!

  11. Diane - DB Impressions on April 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Great tutorial Jodi, I’d done a slightly different, more labor intensive method. I really appreciate your sharing these tips and tricks!

  12. jessica~ on April 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    What a great tutorial!! I can definitely use this!

  13. Elizabeth on April 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Fantastic, Jodi. I have struggled with this problem in studio and always felt there must be a good way to solve it. Thank you!

  14. Joyce on April 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing….. You never disappoint me and I really appreciate the info you send out.I am always learning from you.

  15. Honey on April 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE this! This is great for adding extra space for gallery wraps! So amazing!XO

  16. Cindy on April 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Awesome tutorial, thank you!! This is going to make life so much easier!

  17. Shelly Frische on April 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Jodi, Jodi, Jodi… you make it all sound SO simple!! Keep them comin’, please!

  18. Gail on April 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Fabulous tutorial – thank you!

  19. Karen on April 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Fabulous. I know I’ll be able to use this; it’s bookmarked! Thanks.

  20. Laurie on April 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks so much! Is there any trick to stretch the canvas (or resize) to get the correct print size (without cropping off a head or arm) with a photo that doesn’t have a solid background? I am new at printing and have run into this problem with converting 8 by 10s to 5 by 7s, etc.

  21. Kelly Lundy on April 30, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I seriously love your video tutorials. Please do many more! They help tons.

  22. Elizabeth R on April 30, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Thanks so much always appreciate your help.

  23. Lisa Ferguson on April 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

    FABO instructional! Thanks!

  24. heather on April 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Jodi!!! You ROCK! I just used this tip on a very crooked picture to straighten it out…WOW!!! Fantastic!!! Thank YOU!!

  25. Danielle on April 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    wow – i really needed this video. i know for sure i’ll be using this one. thanks!

  26. Moria Zuriel on April 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    As someone who is new to photoshop (using about 1 year), this was VERY VERY VERY helpful to me! Could have really used it in the past and look forward to using it in the future!

  27. Kansas A on May 1, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Great tutorial Jodi 🙂

  28. Karie on May 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  29. mindy on May 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Can I just say I love you for this!!!! I have always struggled with this issue and never thought there was a way to fix it!!! You have helped me SO much with this video!! Thank you thank you thank you! 🙂

  30. Amanda on May 14, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    that was awesome. would definitely like to see more of that. my question now would be, what if the background is not solid like those examples… would you use the clone tool?

  31. Laura on July 31, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This video is exactly what I needed! Thank you, Thank you.

  32. Jenny on December 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thank you so much for this. It is a life saver! I was trying to duplicate another photo and realized later that I did not have enough background for a canvas. This is just what I was looking for!!

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