Previously, I went on a little bit of a history train and explained you what were the main reasons why five popular cropping aspect ratios were created. To complement that blog post, I thought I’d go ahead and give you access to Photoshop actions that automatically set up a particular aspect ratio.

The five aspect ratios mentioned in the earlier post were: 16:9, 3:2, 4:5, 4:3 and 2.35:1 and so are the actions.

What they do

Since you can't enter decimal data into the Crop tool, 2.35:1 easily converts to 235:100

These actions are definitely the simplest ones I’ve made so far. They take the Crop tool and enter the values for a specific aspect ratio, defaulting in the landscape orientation. If you want to change the orientation, just press on the small double-arrow button in between the horizontal and vertical value. You will see that the actions frame the shot around the center point. If you wish to modify the framing, press on C on your keyboard so that the Crop tool is called up again. There, you can move around your frame to your liking.

The double-arrow button is one you need to press to change the orientation

The Delete Cropped Pixels checkbox is checked off so that you can keep as much information as possible and easily be able to change your mind down the road.

Click on "Download" and, then, double-click the file to load into Photoshop.

That’s pretty much everything there is to two small actions.