Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping and straightening, part of Photoshop Artist in Action: Tim Grey's Photo Optimization Techniques.
As I take a closer look at this image, I'm happy with the overall effect.…But I think it needs to be rotated just a little bit, and I also think I'd like to…crop most of the bottom. I like the water effect, but I feel that…the image just sort of fades off down here toward the bottom edge of the image.…And so I'd like to crop the image to get rid of that portion, and I can do both of…those tasks, straightening and cropping, with the crop tool.…So I'll get started by choosing the crop tool from the crop box.…And before I even try to define the crop, I'm going to straighten it.…
Now I need to choose which element in the image should be perfectly horizontal or vertical.…Because I captured the image with a wide angle lens, there's a certain amount of…distortion and that actually doesn't bother me in this case.…So I won't worry about the left tower of the Brooklyn Bridge here or the buildings…over on the far right. Instead, I'm going to focus on what's…essentially the horizon in this image. It's not necessarily a true horizon, but…
- RAW conversion and processing
- Spot removal
- Cropping and straightening
- Adding local contrast
- Black-and-white conversion
- Correcting perspective with Transform
- Enhancing detail with High Pass
- Applying HDR tone-mapping
- Adding a custom vignette
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Golden Poppy
2. Brooklyn Bridge
3. Horse at Sunset
4. Swirling Surf
5. Empty Bottles
6. Bratislava Scene
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