How do you cut out the centre of an image, bringing the edges closer together?

I need to cut a large number of columns out of a PNG image. The area I want to remove is in the centre of the image; I therefore want the left and right edges to be closer together after the cut.

I can’t find an obvious way of doing this in Gimp or Photoshop CS5 (I am very much a beginner). I would really like a tool which lets me say “cut out 100 columns, starting 4 pixels from the left”. Any suggestions?


Maybe someone else will come along with a simpler method, but the simplest method I can think of would be these steps:

  1. Use the Marquee tool to select the middle section that you want to remove.

  2. Select > Inverse to select everything other than that middle section.

  3. Copy and paste. This will create a new layer with an invisible center.

  4. Select the right half and use the Move tool to slide it over so the two halves are aligned.

  5. Hide the background layer/original image.

  6. Image > Trim with the bottom-right pixel.

Source : Link , Question Author : Graham Borland , Answer Author : ckpepper02

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