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Rotating images on their sides

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Video: Rotating images on their sides

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to rotate an image that comes in on its side, and this is a less common occurrence than it used to be. But it still happens with inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras. The idea is that your everyday, average, rinky-dink camera treats every image as if it's horizontal. So if you turn the camera and take a vertical portrait shot, it comes in on its side as we're about to see. It does happen, however, sometimes with more expensive SLRs, too. They can get confused, depending on the angle of your shot. So I'm still looking at the contents of the 03_open_org folder as I will throughout this chapter.

Rotating images on their sides

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to rotate an image that comes in on its side, and this is a less common occurrence than it used to be. But it still happens with inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras. The idea is that your everyday, average, rinky-dink camera treats every image as if it's horizontal. So if you turn the camera and take a vertical portrait shot, it comes in on its side as we're about to see. It does happen, however, sometimes with more expensive SLRs, too. They can get confused, depending on the angle of your shot. So I'm still looking at the contents of the 03_open_org folder as I will throughout this chapter.

And, what I want you to do if you're working along with me, is press the A key, and what that's going to do is it's going to take you down to the first file that starts with the letter A, which happens to be this group of images when we're looking at them in reverse alpha order, this group of images that shows Sammy as a goalie. And there's this image right there of Max with a face mask on that is on its side. So I'm going to click on this first image that's upright here, that's shot properly. We'll see that this image, if I bring up my Metadata panel here, which should be onscreen by default, what I recommend you do is twirl c lose File Properties, make sure that IPTC Core is twirled closed as well, and drop down here to your Camera Data.

And towards the bottom of the Camera Data, we can see that this was shot with an Olympus S410, which is an older model point-and-shoot camera. So no surprise that it thinks that every image ought to be horizontal. However, what we can't see at this point is the orientation, and that's one of the bits of information that is captured along with Exif. Now, Exif incidentally is a group of metadata that is captured by your digital camera. So the moment you press the shutter release, all kinds of information is captured.

This includes the aperture value, the focal link, whether the flash fired or not, all kinds of good stuff. But we're not seeing orientation for some reason. So I'll go up here for the Metadata flyout menu icon, click on it, and I will choose the Preferences command. And that will bring up the Metadata panel of the Preferences dialog box, and I'm going to twirl close File Properties and twirl close IPTC Legacy, and then twirl close IPTC Core, and IPTC Extension until I get down to Camera Data Exif. Otherwise, I'm going to have to scroll down this list like crazy.

And I still have to scroll down, and I am doing this using the scroll wheel on my mouse. Notice right below Metering Mode and right above Exif Color Space is this option right there called Orientation. Go ahead and click on it to turn it on and then click OK, and you'll now see a new Orientation option right below Metering Mode inside of this list. And we can see that both of these images have an orientation of normal. Interesting. This guy though is obviously not right, and we need to rotate it, and you can do that by using one of these two Rotate icons in the upper-right corner of the screen, either rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise, which would be a left rotation, or 90 degrees clockwise, which would be a right rotation, or at least what we think of this being left and right, which is why you have keyboard shortcuts, incidentally.

You can press the Ctrl key here on the PC or the Cmd key on the Mac along with one of the Square Bracket keys, those being the keys just to the right of the P as in Paul key on an American keyboard. So if I press Ctrl+Right Bracket or Cmd+Right Bracket on the Mac, I'm going to go the wrong direction, and we can see that the Orientation is now 90 degrees, rotated 90 degrees. If I press Ctrl+Left Bracket or Cmd+Left Bracket on the Mac, I'll restore the normal Orientation. What I really want is another press of Ctrl+Left Bracket or Cmd+Left Bracket on the Mac so that we have an up right Max that's rotated negative 90 degrees.

And that is merely a change to the metadata. We have not changed the file at all. So we did not have to rewrite this JPEG file. It's the same file it ever was. It just has a little bit of extra metadata inside of it now, which will tell Photoshop to rotate the image when it opens up. It'll also tell other applications that recognize this kind of metadata to rotate the image as well. Some applications are not that smart, particularly if you're viewing the image at the operating system level. You may not see it rotated. It may still be on its side.

Don't fret about it. It doesn't matter. Photoshop will be aware, and that's what counts. All right. I'm going to go back to the top of my list because I want to show you another way to work. And another problem that might occur. Now notice these two towers that I shot in Seattle. They're the exact same tower of course, and the orientation for both of them is normal, notice that, Normal and Normal. And I shot this image with Leica D-LUX 3, which is capable of rotating the image automatically. It just got confused in the case of this tower. So I need to go ahead and fix it. Well, here's another way to work.

If you're working inside of the Full- Screen Preview mode, which I'm getting by pressing the spacebar as you might recall, this guy is in great shape, so no problems there. I will press the Left Arrow key in order to go back to this tower. It's at an angle. This is why keyboard shortcuts are so important in the Bridge. I can re-orient this image using that same keyboard shortcut I showed you a moment ago, except without the modifier key. So you don't need to press Ctrl or Cmd. You just press the Right Bracket key to rotate the image clockwise or the Left Bracket key to rotate it counterclockwise.

I want clockwise, so I'll press the Right Bracket key. I'll Escape out. And it looks beautiful now, and you can see that the Orientation is rotated 90 degrees. Again, that's just a little tag that's added to the file, that Bridge do not have to re-write any of the pixels inside the image. And that's how you re-orient photographs that come in on their side here inside the Bridge.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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