Dreamweaver Tutorial: Cropping Images

This Dreamweaver tutorial will show you how to crop an image in Dreamweaver.

Cropping an Image - Often an image is too large to fit where you want it on your Web page. Dreamweaver lets you crop or trim an image that has already been inserted into a web page. This also helps to reduce the file size of the image and helps you Web page to download faster for your users.

cropping imagesNOTE: When you crop an image using Dreamweaver, the source file image is changed on the disk. This permanently alters your original image. You might want to create a copy of the image before changing it.

A cropped image is just like any other image on a web page. You can turn it into a link, resize it, align it with text, and perform any other Dreamweaver action that you would perform with any other image.

You can resize an image by clicking on the image and then dragging one of the handles (the square black boxes that appear around the edges and one corner of the image). The side handles make the image narrower or wider. The bottom handle drags the image taller or shorter. The corner handles change both the height and width of the image at the same time. You can maintain the height-to-width ratio by holding the shift key down on your keyboard while dragging the corner handle. This will force the image to keep the same proportion as the handle is being dragged.

Dreamweaver Tutorial: Cropping an image

Click the image to select it on you page.

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Click the Crop button in the Property Inspector. If a notification box pops up notifying you that you are about to permanently alter the image, click OK.

Dreamweaver cropping an image

A frame appears around the image to be cropped with black handles around the edges.

Dreamweaver cropping images

Drag the handles to frame the desired area of the image. The side handles move the frame on the left and right of the image. The top and bottom handles adjust the frame above and below the image. The handles in the corners adjust both.

Dreamweaver cropping images

After you've adjusted the frame as desired, click on the Crop button again in the Property Inspector. This will discard the area outside of the frame and leave the cropped image.

The Difference Between Resizing and Cropping - Resizing changes the dimensions of the image. It does not change the file size and it doesn't alter the original image.

Cropping changes what part of the image is actually visible. It removed the unwanted portions of the image and in so doing, reduces the file size. Cropping permanently alters the original image.

Dreamweaver Tutorial: Resize an Image

Resize an image by selecting it and then dragging one of the resizing handles. Drag the side handle to resize the width, the bottom handle to resize the height, and the corner handle to resize both.

Dreamweaver resize image

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