Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Rotating photos, part of Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
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Sometimes you'll have a photograph that you'd like to turn on its side. For example, here I have a photo that I think might look better, if it were in vertical orientation rather than horizontal. Sometimes this is just an aesthetic decision and sometimes, there is actual problem which is that your camera doesn't offer enough information to Elements to have Elements rotate the photo the right way, when it's importing a photo into the Organizer. But that's okay, because Elements comes with a rotate feature, which I'm going to show you in this movie.
Before you try to rotate an image you do have to select its thumbnail. So I'm going to click once on this photo and then I'm going to go up to the top of the Organizer where there are two rotate buttons. This one will rotate image 90 degrees to the right and this one 90 degrees to the left. I'm going to click on Rotate Right button, and that brings up this interesting message. It's little bit hard to understand this. So let me explain it to you. Basically what the message is saying is that this particular file is a JPEG file, which is a compressed file format that uses what's called a lossy algorithm to make the file smaller.
In other words, pixels are actually thrown away in order to make this file smaller for storage and transfer. When I rotate this file, it's the equivalent of opening the file, making some kind of editing change to it, and then re-saving the file. And every time that you open, edit, and resave a JPEG, you lose a few more pixels, because of the lossy algorithm that's used to compress a JPEG. So that's what this message is saying. It also says that to avoid losing pixels in this JPEG file, Elements is going to make a copy of the file and rotate that copy leaving the original untouched.
So that's the solution to the problem that Elements does for you automatically. You can tell it to always take this action, or if you don't check that box, you'll get this choice every time you try to do this. I'll leave the box unchecked and I'm going to click Yes. That rotated the photo thumbnail in the Organizer, and notice that there's now a light gray rectangle around the thumbnail. There is also a blue icon here at the top of the thumbnail. These are both indications that there is now another copy of this file here. To see a copy I'm going to click on the arrow that's on the right side of the gray rectangle.
The rectangle expands and now I can see the original image here, turned on its side along with the rotated edited copy right here. So even if your digital camera doesn't cooperate in terms of giving you photos with the correct orientation, in Elements you can always correct that using the Rotate buttons at the top of the Organizer.
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