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Using the Straighten and Crop tools

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using the Straighten and Crop tools

In addition to the Auto Straighten feature Elements also contains a Straighten tool. In this movie I would like to show you how to use Straighten tool to fix a crooked landscape shot. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the images in our catalog images folder in our exercise files folder. I would like to actually locate a specific image that we can open up in the Elements' Editing workspace and to do that I'm going to go on to the Edit menu and choose Find that brings up the Find dialog box and where it says Criteria, Filename contains, I'm going to enter Maine.

Using the Straighten and Crop tools

In addition to the Auto Straighten feature Elements also contains a Straighten tool. In this movie I would like to show you how to use Straighten tool to fix a crooked landscape shot. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the images in our catalog images folder in our exercise files folder. I would like to actually locate a specific image that we can open up in the Elements' Editing workspace and to do that I'm going to go on to the Edit menu and choose Find that brings up the Find dialog box and where it says Criteria, Filename contains, I'm going to enter Maine.

Click Find. That brings up all the images with Maine in the filename and I'd actually like to select this image right here, Maine_house_01.JPG. Double-click that to open it up inside of Elements. All right now we have here a slightly crooked landscape shot. You can see that the house is like it's a little bit tilting to the left. And we can definitely see if we zoom in by pressing Command+Plus a few times, that the flagpole here is definitely leaning a little bit to the left. It's not facing straight up and down. The roof is a little bit crooked this way. So I would like to actually straighten this image out using the Straighten tool.

Well I'm going to zoom out again, Command+Minus, a few times. The Straighten tool is located over here in the tools palette; I will go ahead and click on that in order to access the tool. The idea here with the tool is to be able to click and drag to indicate a horizon line to tell Elements how to straighten the image. The problem with this particular image is because I was shooting up a bit and because we have rocks facing down in a curved path, it's hard to figure out what the actual horizon line is.

I can try and guess but I'm probably not going to be able to do it. I will go ahead and just try it now, click and drag with the tool and guess what the horizon line might be and then see what happens. Looks like I rotated it, okay but it doesn't quite look right to me still. I think I would like to actually try doing something else. So I'm going to click the Undo button, instead I think I would like to use a vertical landmark like this flagpole in order to straighten the image using the Straighten tool. Since the horizon line is actually hard to locate, we will do it this way.

So let's go ahead and zoom in again, Command+Plus a few more times, and then I'll use the -- hold down the Spacebar to access the Hand tool, keep that held down. Then click and drag, just scroll down a little bit and focus on this flagpole. All right, now with the Straighten tool, I'm going to click at the bottom of the flagpole over on the right edge of it, right about here. Click, hold down the mouse button and drag up to like up towards the top of the flagpole, right around there, following the edge of the flagpole.

When I'm ready, I release the mouse button and it rotates the image and straightens it, it rotates it to the left. Let's go ahead and zoom out again, Command+Minus. You can see what we have got here, it's rotated the image and now we have this excess white area, which is what happens anytime it rotates the image using the Straighten tool. What I'm going to do is go on to the Image menu, choose Rotate, and choose 90? Right. All right, so now we have our nice vertical image again. The next thing we need to do is crop off this extra white area that's now have been added to the straightened image. We can do that with the Crop tool, that's right above the Straighten tool in the tools palette here and I think I'm going to zoom out a little bit. This time I'm going to use the scroll wheel on my mouse. Just a few nudges to zoom out a bit and then click and drag to marquee with the Crop tool in order to crop off the excess area that's been added to the image.

Once I let up, I can reposition it if I need to like that. Then I'm going to click the green check mark to apply the crop and now we have a straightened image, and we did all using the Straighten tool and of course using the Crop tool to remove any of the excess white area that can happen and appear as a result of straightening the image.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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