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The slice tool is useful to cutting images into parts that all fit together exactly. This is helpful if you have a photo larger than your printer or if you want to create a layout where your photo is in different boxes. To see how this works, you can follow the steps below. To create this tutorial, I will be using my kit, Autumn Spice:
Let’s start with a photo. I’m going to use this one of my son picking apples this past fall:
The slice tool is located in the toolbox:
Use the slice tool to drag slicing boxes on your image. These slices are called “user slices”. Go ahead and try this for yourself.
You can make boxes anywhere you want. You can move the boxes you have made by putting your cursor in the middle of the box and dragging the box to a new location.
You can also adjust the size of the slice using the transform guides, which show up as a little square on the border of a currently selected slice. Be sure to check the box for the transform guides:
You may also notice, after you create the slices that there are little numbers next to a little icon with mountains in each box. The icons are just icons, but the numbers refer to the file numbers that will be generated when you export the slices.
Once you have the slices where you want them, use the save for web feature to save the pictures as jpeg’s. Photoshop will divide the picture up and save the individual pieces once you press the save button.
It will create a folder that says images and save them there:
Now, I’m going to create a photo collage layout with these pieces and it looks like this: