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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the ways that we can take advantage of Camera Raw, and how we can apply some nondestructive editing is to crop and straighten our photographs. This is really nice, because we can always undo this if we make any kind of a mistake, or if we change our mind later. Now, the nice thing about this is we can straighten our images if they are just a little bit off. Here, you can see that with this image, because it was handheld, there is a little bit of lean to the file. What I can do is I can select the Straighten tool. With the Straighten tool, I can then click and drag across something that should be straight.
For example, I can go ahead and click and drag along this area here. Then when I do that, when I position this line along the bottom edge, which should be straight, it will then create a Crop, which is rotated for me. Now, to apply the Crop, simply press Enter or Return, and the image has now been straightened. All right. Well, let's undo that by pressing Command+Z on a Mac, Ctrl+Z on Windows. Another way that we can use this tool, again, is by clicking on it, and clicking and dragging on something that should be straight vertically.
So this works well vertically or horizontally. Again, we can either double-click inside of this area, or press Enter or Return in order to apply that particular correction. Well, another way that we can modify this even further, press the C key, and that will reactivate your Crop tool. Now, let's say that here what we want to do is we want to rotate this perhaps a little bit one way or another. Hover over that corner point, and you can make some fine-tune adjustments by doing this as well. All right. Well let's say we want to remove the crop.
Hit the Escape key. Now in my own workflow I actually don't use the Straighten tool at all. Well, why is that? Do I not need to straighten my photos? Not at all. What I always use is the Crop tool. Because the Crop tool, the shortcut, it's easy to remember. It's a C key. You can actually access the Straighten tool from right inside of the Crop tool. Here's how. What you do is you select the Crop tool, either by clicking on the icon or by pressing the C key. Next, on a Mac hold down Command, on Windows hold down Ctrl. Then you'll see that you have the Straighten tool.
Simply click and drag over something that you know should be straight. It will then create a crop, which is rotated a bit to correct that. Then press Enter or Return, and now we've successfully straightened our photograph.
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