How to Remove Borders From Pictures

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Many times a great photo is ruined by an ugly border. If you want to clean up the picture and take off the borders, this can be done very simply in many types of software. Using photo editing software is the preferred method, but if you have Windows Vista, you can do accomplish the task with a program built right in to the operating system. With just a few clicks, you can have a clean, cropped picture with no borders.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital image
  • Photo editing software or Windows Vista
  • Open your photo editing software, if available. This might be Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Photoscape, GIMP, Paint.net, or any number of other photo editing packages on the market.

  • Open your picture from within the editing software. Usually this is done by clicking on the "File" drop-down menu and selecting "Open." This may vary somewhat depending on which program you are using. If you do not have photo editing software but you have Windows Vista, this can be accomplished by double-clicking on the picture in your pictures folder. This will open the picture. At the top of the screen click on "Fix". This will make your picture ready to edit.

  • Click on the crop tool. Each program has a tool menu or toolbar which has various tools that you can use to customize and adjust your picture. One of them is called the "crop" tool. This tool usually looks like a hash-mark or unfinished square, or is simply named in the tool drop-down list. Once you have selected this tool, it will change your cursor to look like an unfinished square.

  • Position your mouse pointer on the screen at the edge of the picture that you want to crop, just inside the area that you want to remove. You will be drawing a box around the items that you want to keep.

  • Click on the mouse button and hold it down, then drag it along diagonally towards the opposite corner of the picture. Do not let go of the button until your mouse pointer has arrived at the other corner.

  • Let go of the mouse button. you will see a box, that you just drew with your mouse, that now has small squares on each corner. If you hover your mouse pointer over one of them you will see that your pointer changes to a double-sided arrow that points in a diagonal direction. If you click on these boxes while the arrow is visible, you will be able to change the size of the crop box to refine your cropping area. Remember, anything within the box will be visible when you are done and anything outside of the box will be gone.

  • Press the "Enter" button on your keyboard when you are finished resizing the box. This should crop the picture to the size you allocated. If you find that you made a mistake, simply click on the "Edit" drop down menu at the top of your screen and click on "Undo" on that menu and start the process over again.

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