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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Let's take a look at how we can use the Crop tool to not only crop but to also straighten our photographs. We'll be working with a few different images so that we can see how this works in different scenarios. Hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and click on these images, then press Cmd+R or Ctrl+R to open these photos up in Camera Raw. And what I need to do is to straighten this picture out. One way that we can do that is you can click on the Straighten tool. Next you can go ahead and position this over your image and click-and-drag along something that should be straight like in this case this railroad tie right here.
Once you let go of that it will then create a crop which will then straighten that out. To apply the crop, just press Enter or Return. Now in doing that with this picture, I can see that this is going to help, but now it looks like the subject is leaning a little bit too far to the right. Press the C key to reactivate the Crop tool. So here what I'll do is I'll go ahead and change the crop a little bit and then I'll click and drag this to reposition that and then press Enter or Return. And now this photograph, well, I think it's much stronger, it's a bit more about the surfboard in the foreground and then the professional surfer in the background.
Let's take a look at another example. Here is a portrait that I captured a few years ago of Russell Brown who is the Senior Creative Director at Adobe and this time what I am going to do is I'm going to select the Crop tool. Rather than straightening with the Straighten tool, I'll access the Crop tool, then hold down Cmd on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and you can see it gives me access to the Straighten tool so I don't have to click on it, I can just use my Crop tool. Then let go, once again it will create this crop for you or it will then give you the ability to customize that, press Enter or Return and that will straighten out this photograph.
Let's look at one more example here. This time we'll go to this photograph and so far we've looked at how we can use the Straighten tool or the Crop tool and how we can click-and-drag along a horizontal line. We can also do this on vertical lines as well. Here I'll hold down Cmd or Ctrl while I'm using the Crop tool, then I'll click-and-drag along a line that I think should be straight. Next, let go and here it will create that crop for me. In this case, when we press Enter or Return, you can see that what it did is it straightened out the center line.
So again these techniques work whether we are looking to straighten something horizontally or vertically. If ever we want to make any changes to a photograph well, we can just reselect the Crop tool and then we can customize that and then just press Enter or Return in order to apply those changes that we've made.
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