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Cropping and straightening a photograph

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Cropping and straightening a photograph

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.

Cropping and straightening a photograph

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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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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