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When you are shooting without a tripod it can be difficult to keep your camera level, and sometimes you'll end up with a horizon line or some other horizontal or vertical element that just isn't straight in the photo. That's okay, because you can use to Straighten tool in the Full Photo Edit workspace to level everything out. The Straighten tool is located here in the toolbar. With that tool selected, I'm going to leave the options at their defaults in particular I'm going to leave the Canvas Option set to Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit, because I want to show you a problem with that option and how you can fix it.
There is only one layer in this file if I had multiple layers I be sure to select the layer that I wanted to straighten and make sure that rotate all layers was checked here. I will move into the image with the Straighten tool and I'm going to click right on the horizon line and I'm just going to drag a short way along the horizon line, when I release my mouse Elements automatically makes that horizon line straight, but at the same time it tilted the entire photo and it left it with this white border around some of the edges.
So that's the problem with Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit this white border. I'm going to undo by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z and I'm going to do this again, but first I'm going to go up to the Canvas Options menu and instead of Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit, I'm going to choose Crop to Remove Background which is often a better option, I'll click on the horizon line and drag a short way again which tells Elements what I think should be level in the photo and Elements not only straighten the image, but this time it also crops away those unattractive white borders.
So that's how to fix a crooked horizontal element like a horizon in a photo. Sometimes you may have a crooked vertical element, as I do in this photo, which I'll open for the Project Bin by double-clicking it. I would like to straighten out this entire building. So, I'm going to click and drag with the Straighten tool along one of the vertical walls, but before I do I'm going to press down on my cursor, and then I'm going to press down on the Ctrl key on my keyboard, that's the Command key on a Mac keyboard, and then up drag a line along the edge of this wall and I'll release my mouse.
And in order to straighten a vertical element, you have to do things in that order. I can see that this time I have a little bit of white lift up here and here and I could just get the Crop tool and crop that area away. So that's how quick and easy it is to use these Straighten tool to straighten out your crooked images.
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