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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to take a look at how we can use the Crop tool in order to crop and straighten this photograph, and I want to do that in order to highlight a couple of the new features inside of the Crop tool. Well this particular photograph was captured of a pro-surfer, and there we have his surfboard in the foreground and what I want to do I want to level things out a little bit. I'm noticing that this image is leaning a touch, so I'll go ahead and press this C key in order to select the Crop tool. Now with the Crop tool what I can do is simply click on an area in the image and start to drag. Now if I notice that I've clicked in the area that isn't right, in other words, let's say I really want this crop to start in the top left-hand corner.
Well without letting go of the mouse button, you can press the Spacebar key, and then you can reposition this crop area. I'll push that in the top left, and then now I'm going to go ahead and click and drag this out, so it's covering the entirety of the image. Well one of the things I noticed here is that now new in Photoshop CS5, our Crop tool comes default with this Rule of Thirds sitting on top of the crop area. Now we can change this overlay, of course, and we can do so by going to the Options Bar and here we have an option of either viewing this as a Grid or, of course, we can select None if we prefer that.
Well in this case, for the sake of composition, I'm going to turn on Rule of Thirds, and what this Rule of Thirds crop is telling me is that it really would be nice if this subject here was closer to this particular area. So, in order to experiment with the composition, what I'm going to do is resize this crop area, and I'm going to do so by holding down the Shift key and then clicking and dragging one of these corner points. Now as I do that, I can then bring this closer to this particular area. I can also hold down Shift and click and drag, and you can see how the Rule of Thirds is traveling or changing as I make this crop adjustment. All right.
Well, now that I have this new composition, I also want to straighten things out a bit. Well all that I need to do is to hover near one of the corner points, and then here I can click and drag in order to change this crop area. And in this case, what it's going to do is try to make this particular line level. And sometimes what's helpful is to go ahead and view this in the Grid View mode, because in the Grid View mode I can track with these lines and say, 'You know what? Are these lines kind of following along these tracks here?' Is this going to be a good way to level this image?' And in this case, I think we're pretty close, or close enough to make something look interesting.
I'll reposition that, go back to my Rule of Thirds, see how we're doing with that subject right on this area here. To apply this, simply click Enter or Return and now we have a new orientation for the photograph. Well let's take a look at the before and after. Here we have before over here, a little bit larger image, and now we have this new image that's not only leveled. It also has a new, and in my opinion, a little bit more interesting composition.
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