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I have larger pictures of varying shapes and sizes, that I need to fit 494x330.

I have 2 options:
1) Change image size to  494x330 (but it shrinks everything and includes all the background)
2) Crop it to 494x330.

I would like to see what kind of image I would get with a crop, I would like a fixed crop size, and then move it around the image to see the best look - how do I do that with photoshop cs5?
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I would open a blank canvas (new file) with the dimensions you noted, 494px width and 330px height. Then I would open a large picture into Photoshop. Then I would drag the large picture using the Move Tool into the open blank canvas.

The large picture will only have certain portion of its full picture available, but if you CTRL + T (or Edit > Free Transform) you can get handlebars around the photo for which you can click and drag the large photo into a smaller size while viewing its process in the canvas of the new file. Once you find a good crop section of the picture, you can click the checkmark in the toolbar (below the menubar that has File, Edit, etc.) to commit changes.
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