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Photoshop Tool: Slice Tool

Slice tool is used to divide an image into sections. This is very useful when you have a design layout for your website and want to slice them to get the same image output as that of the image. There are actually two tools under it: Slice which has the capabilities to divide / slice an image. The other one is Slice Select (from the name itself) which lets you select and modify a sliced section.

I gathered these videos from youtube that will help you understand slicing more:

Slice Tool – Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop Tips – Slice Tool

Aside from those videos above, here is another useful information from Adobe Help Page:

Slices are categorized by their content type (Table, Image, No Image) and by the way they are created (user, layer-based, auto).
Slices created with the Slice tool are called user slices; slices created from a layer are called layer-based slices. When you create a new user slice or layer-based slice, additional auto slices are generated to account for the remaining areas of the image. In other words, auto slices fill the space in the image that is not defined by user slices or layer-based slices. Auto slices are regenerated every time you add or edit user slices or layer‑based slices. You can convert auto slices to user slices.
User slices, layer-based slices, and auto slices look different—user slices and layer-based slices are defined by a solid line, whereas auto slices are defined by a dotted line. In addition, user slices and layer-based slices display a distinct icon. You can choose to show or hide auto slices, which can make your work with user-slices and layer-based slices easier to view.
A subslice is a type of auto slice that is generated when you create overlapping slices. Subslices indicate how the image is divided when you save the optimized file. Although subslices are numbered and display a slice symbol, you cannot select or edit them separately from the underlying slice. Subslices are regenerated every time you arrange the stacking order of slices.

Photoshop Tool: Crop Tool


Crop tool in Photoshop is just like other crop tool. It is use to select a rectangular area of an image and disregard outside the selection. Some are saying “Crop tool is to re-size an image”. Resizing an image is different from cropping.

Resizing means changing the size of an image whether to make it larger or smaller but cropping does not enlarge or reduce content size. When you say crop, you just make a selection and disregarding those that are unselected.

To understand the differences between the two more, consider having the image below:

crop_vs_resizingThe image shows how cropping and resizing differs. The first one shows resizing in which a larger image can become smaller or vice versa.

The second one shows how cropping is done. From the complete image. Once you crop it and select only a specific area, the selected is left and disregarded the unselected.

Be careful of deciding whether to crop or re-size your image. Sometimes, confusion will lead to a wrong decision.

Let’s talk about slicing next.

Thanks for reading. 🙂