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In previous versions of Photoshop, it really used to take a couple of minutes to explain how to crop and straighten your photographs. Well now, because of a new feature in Photoshop CS5, this is literally going to take just a couple of seconds. So, let's go ahead and jump right in. Well, one of the things that we're going to do first is we're going to navigate over to our Tools panel and here we'll go ahead and click and hold on the Eyedropper, and then we'll select the Ruler tool. The next step is to click and drag across something that we think should be straight or level. Now this could be a building that's running vertically, or in this case, it could be the horizon line.
So, again, whatever the orientation - vertically or horizontally - simply click and drag across that particular area. Now you want to make sure to get this just right and in this case, I have it traveling just right along that horizon line. Now from here, all that we need to do is just simply click Straighten. This will then crop and straighten this photograph. Now a lot of times at this juncture, you may not be certain if the horizon is straight, so here's what I like to do. Press Command+R or Ctrl+R, Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, then hover over your ruler.
Let's do so with the Move tool selected and click and drag one of these guides out. Now when you do that, you can hover over this area and say, yup. You know what? My horizon is now level. If ever you want to flip this guide, hold down Option or Alt, and then you can go ahead and click on it, and that will flip its orientation from Horizontal to Vertical or for that matter, back again. Now to remove this guide, once we're done with it, we'll go ahead and click and drag this back into the Ruler and now we have successfully straightened this photograph.
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