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Cropping and straightening an image

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Cropping and straightening an image

When you take a photograph or when you are scanning a printed photograph, sometimes you will end up with a crooked image like this one. Fortunately, there are tools in the Full Edit workspace to fix your crooked images. One way to straighten is with the Straighten tool which is located right here in the toolbar. I am going to select the Straighten tool and then I am going to go up to the Options bar for this tool and I am going to go to this Canvas Options field, click there and I am going to choose Crop to Remove Background, so that Elements will crop away any pixels around the edges of the image after it straighten the image in the document window.

Cropping and straightening an image

When you take a photograph or when you are scanning a printed photograph, sometimes you will end up with a crooked image like this one. Fortunately, there are tools in the Full Edit workspace to fix your crooked images. One way to straighten is with the Straighten tool which is located right here in the toolbar. I am going to select the Straighten tool and then I am going to go up to the Options bar for this tool and I am going to go to this Canvas Options field, click there and I am going to choose Crop to Remove Background, so that Elements will crop away any pixels around the edges of the image after it straighten the image in the document window.

If there were multiple layers in the file, I would be sure to check Rotate All layers. I will just leave that checked which is the default even though there is only one layer in this file. Then I am going to move into the image and I am going to click somewhere on a line that I think should be straight in the image, in this case, the horizon. So I will click and hold and then I will drag out this line, move it to another place on the horizon and release. Immediately, Elements straightens the image in the document window and it trims away all the extra area around the outside of the image that was caused by turning the image in the document window.

Now I have to admit, this doesn't always work as perfectly as in this example and if it doesn't work for you, I want to show you another way that you can try to straighten an image. So I am going to undo by holding the Command key and tapping the Z key. Once again, I have my crooked image. This time, with the same Straighten tool, I am going to go back up to the Canvas Options and I am going to change that to Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit, which is the default. Again, I'll come into the image. I'll click on the horizon line, hold, drag and release my mouse.

This rotates the image so that the horizon is straight, but it leaves me with all this untrimmed background. The color of the background is whatever color happens to be in the background color box in the toolbar at the moment. I can get rid of this white trim manually by using the Crop tool. So I will select the Crop tool. I will make sure the Aspect Ratio is set to No Restriction and that there is nothing in any of these fields. And then I am going to come into the image and I am going to drag a crop boundary. Now I want to be sure not to include any of the white area in the crop boundary.

So after I have dragged out this boundary, I can adjust it by moving my mouse over any one of the borders, clicking, holding, and dragging. When I am satisfied, I'll go to this green checkmark and click to commit the crop and that has taken away all that white trim and I have a nice straight image. So those are two ways that you can straighten and trim your images. Now before I finish this movie, I want to mention one other thing about the Crop tool. Cropping can be used not only to help trim away the edge of a straighten image, but also to fix a composition.

So even when you have a straight image, you can still take your Crop tool and use it to crop out unwanted things, like this little boat over here at the edge. If I didn't want the boat in the image for composition reasons, I could click-and-drag a crop boundary, move it right up against that boat and then click the green checkmark. So do try using the Straighten and the Crop tools to fix imperfections in your own photos.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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