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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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