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Cropping and straightening

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Cropping and straightening

When you're photographing or when you're scanning a printed photograph, you'll sometimes end up with a crooked image like this one. Fortunately, Elements has tools in the Editor that will fix your crooked images. My favorite way to try to straighten a crooked photo is to use the Straighten tool, which is located here in the toolbar. I'm going to select the Straighten Photo tool and then I'm going to go up to the Canvas Options in the Options bar for that tool and change it from its default to Crop to Remove Background. That will cause Elements to automatically crop away any pixels that are created around the edges of the image that are caused by straightening the image in the document window.

Cropping and straightening

When you're photographing or when you're scanning a printed photograph, you'll sometimes end up with a crooked image like this one. Fortunately, Elements has tools in the Editor that will fix your crooked images. My favorite way to try to straighten a crooked photo is to use the Straighten tool, which is located here in the toolbar. I'm going to select the Straighten Photo tool and then I'm going to go up to the Canvas Options in the Options bar for that tool and change it from its default to Crop to Remove Background. That will cause Elements to automatically crop away any pixels that are created around the edges of the image that are caused by straightening the image in the document window.

Then I'll move my cursor into the image and I'll look for an element in the photograph that's a straight line like this horizon. I'll click and hold anywhere on that horizon and drag out a line, and it doesn't really matter how long the line is but I want to release my mouse along the horizon line. And that automatically rotates the image in the document window so that the horizon line is now a straight horizontal line. And at the same time, because I set the Canvas Options to Crop to Remove Background, Elements cropped the image so that it fits horizontally in the document window.

Now I have to admit this doesn't work for all images, particularly images that don't have a clear photographic element that's a straight line. So I'd like to show you another way that you can straighten a crooked image and that's using the Crop tool. And this will also be an introduction to using the Crop tool in general. So I'm going to undo the straightening that I just did by going up to the Undo button at the top right of the screen and clicking. And now I have my original crooked image back again. This time I'm going to use the same Straightening tool but I'm going to go to Canvas Options and change it to Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit, which is the default.

Then I'll come into the image, and as I did before I'll click on the horizon line, and I'll drag. And this time the image is straight in the document window, but I have all of this extra white canvas around the edges. The canvas is white, because the background color in the toolbox happens to be white. So the second step is to use the Crop tool to trim away all of the white pixels around the image. I'll select the Crop tool from here in the toolbar, and then I'm going to come into the image and just click-and-drag.

And that creates a marching ants boundary indicating where the edges of the cropped image will be, and everything that's going to be cropped away is in light gray around that bounding box. Well I don't want to keep the white pixels that are right here. So I'm going to adjust this bounding box by clicking in the center and dragging down. I also want to keep as much of the photo as I can. So I'm going to click in this left bounding box and drag to the left, but I want to be careful that I don't get any stray pixels down here at the bottom inside the bounding box.

I'll do the same over on the right side, dragging out and watching my corners, and when I'm satisfied that I have as much of the image as I can get without any of that white trim, then I'll go down to the green checkmark and click there to crop the image. Even if I start with a straight image, the Crop tool sometimes comes in handy in order to improve the composition. So for example, in this case I'd like not to have this little boat over here on the side. So I'm going to get the Crop tool, and I'm going to come into my image and I'm going to click-and-drag a bounding box, making sure that boat is outside of the bounding box.

And I can adjust the bounding box as I need to by clicking and dragging any of the anchor points. And when I'm done, I'll click the check mark and this time I've used the Crop tool to change the composition slightly. So those are some ways to use the Straighten tool and the Crop tool to fix imperfections in your own photos.

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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