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There are several different ways that you can straighten an image in Photoshop. The first way involves the Crop tool. You'll notice that as soon as I select it, in the Options bar we have a Straighten option. If I click on that and then click in my image and drag across the image in the angle that I know that I want Photoshop to straighten the image, when I let go, Photoshop will automatically straighten it. If I tap the Enter or the Return key, we can apply that straightening and cropping at one time.
One of the things that you might notice, because I did not have Delete Cropped Pixels turned on, Photoshop is keeping track of the information outside of the canvas area that I see, and in fact, Photoshop has turned my background into a layer. Let's go ahead and undo that by using Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, and I'll show you a second way to crop an image. That's simply by having the Crop tool selected and positioning your image outside of the crop marquee. Now, when I click and drag, I automatically get a nice grid overview so that I can align my image, and when I let go and tap Return or Enter, again, Photoshop will crop and straighten my image.
Here's one last super tip. If you happen to have Photoshop CS6 Extended-- let's just undo what we just did a minute ago-- if you have the Extended version, underneath the Eyedropper tool, you'll see a Ruler tool. The icon here is a little ambiguous, so I'm going to tap the Caps Locks key, so that I get my crosshairs, so I know exactly where I'm clicking. I'll click on the left-hand side, drag over to the same location on the right-hand side, where that rope goes around the totem pole, and when I let go, I can then choose to straighten my layer in order to straighten my image.
You'll see I get a little different result here. Because I'm not using the Crop tool, Photoshop will automatically add canvas size to build out the canvas to accommodate the rotated view of my image. You might think it's much easier to simply do this with the Crop tool, because the Crop tool will crop and straighten at the same time, but because Photoshop is used by so many different people, it can be very convenient when you're actually trying to measure things and use a measurement scale to straighten, using the Ruler tool in Photoshop CS6 Extended.
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