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Straightening images

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Straightening images

In this movie, we're going to look at how to straighten crooked images. So, I have here this photo of a toaster oven and we're going to straighten it using something called the Ruler tool. Now, one of the things that is important to be aware of when you are working in the tools panel here, is that some of these tools have this little doohickey, this little icon here. It's very tiny, little white triangle in the bottom right-hand corner. And what that indicates is that if you Click and Hold on that tool, you'll see that there's actually several tools hidden underneath that current tool in the same group essentially. So, what we want to do is come down here, sixth from the top, and we'd want to click on the Eyedropper tool and hold that.

Straightening images

In this movie, we're going to look at how to straighten crooked images. So, I have here this photo of a toaster oven and we're going to straighten it using something called the Ruler tool. Now, one of the things that is important to be aware of when you are working in the tools panel here, is that some of these tools have this little doohickey, this little icon here. It's very tiny, little white triangle in the bottom right-hand corner. And what that indicates is that if you Click and Hold on that tool, you'll see that there's actually several tools hidden underneath that current tool in the same group essentially. So, what we want to do is come down here, sixth from the top, and we'd want to click on the Eyedropper tool and hold that.

In this group, you'll find the Ruler tool so that's where you want, choose the Ruler tool. And this has a really easy way to straighten an image and all we're going to do is just click it at one point and then click at another point and click Straighten Layer. But before we do that, we should probably analyze what part of the image we should use as a reference for straightening the image. Now, the thing that's probably the most straight is the part of the toaster oven, or maybe part of the light, that's the thing that's the most accurate I should say, the thing that's going to be most flush with the counter top that it was sitting on.

And the muffin tin here is probably going to be a little bit more crooked. However, this is the focal point, the muffins are the focus, so it's kind of an artistic thing you need to ask yourself, what do you want to be the focus or what do you want to use to be the basis of the straightening? So, in my case, I'm going to choose the muffin tin, because I want the muffin tin to be straight, and I think that's the most important part of the image. But you are more than welcome to use the light or the toaster oven or any other part of the image that you'd like to if you'd like to use that as the basis for the straightening. But I'm just going to find a flat part of the muffin tin. And I'm just going to Click and Drag over and make a straight line and I'm basically telling Photoshop that this line here, this should be straight. I should let go and the line again should not be straight but it should be showing Photoshop where the flat horizon line should be. And I'm going to go ahead and click Straighten Layer and bada bing. And you can see these little edges here and this indicates that our image is crocked, because it's been tilted.

So, it's been fixed but then we have some extra stuff on the sides, some transparency that we need to get rid of, that we basically need to crop out. But really quick, I just want to point out, you could see the difference here. The muffin tin is straight, and again, that's the focal point of the image, at least, in my mind, as the artist of this image, this is what I want to convey, is that the muffin tin is the focus. But that also makes everything else in the toaster oven a little bit askew, a little bit crooked. So, you might choose to focus on the toaster oven and have that be straightened rather than the muffin tin. So, my point is that there are some artistic choices that need to be made sometimes when you are straightening images, just something to be aware of.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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