When cropping images closely in Photoshop, it’s easy to nick the edge of drop shadows and other faintly colored pixels. Next time, choose Image> Trim. In the resulting dialog, determine which pixels to zap — transparent or the color at the top left or bottom right of the document — and press OK. Photoshop does the tight cropping for you.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.