To remove by cutting portions of a printed piece, a photograph, plate, or digital image. Cropping is done to either cut a printed product down to its desired size, or to omit extraneous detail from an illustration or photograph, allowing attention to focus on a particular region of the image. Cropping can be done in the prepress stage, either manually or digitally, and before or after scanning. The guidelines for the desired amount of cropping is indicated by cropmarks.

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