In Mathematica 7 I was accustomed to a certain workflow:
Paste an image into a Notebook
Select Actual Size from the context menu, if necessary
Ctrl-drag the control points on the sides of the frame to soft-crop the image
Use File > Save Selection As... to save the cropped image to a file
This workflow is broken in version 10 because in it the entire uncropped image is saved whether I select the image itself or the enclosing Cell frame.
I can use the Crop Tool to crop the image, and that does allow me to save a cropped selection, but it hard-crops the image so that I cannot in the future change my crop selection. (Of the Image in the Notebook.)
If the soft-cropped Image is part of a larger selection (but not merely a Cell containing only the image) the cropped part is indeed saved. This works for saving sections of Notebooks but not images alone.
The only work-around I have found to both keep a soft-cropped Image and save a matching copy is to copy the Image and crop it again with the Crop Tool, then delete the copy. This adds significant time to my workflow.
Is this change a bug or a feature?
Is there another way to accomplish what I want interactively?