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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 11 of 58

Straighten an Image in Quick Fix


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 11 of 58

Straighten an Image in Quick Fix


Lesson Info

Straighten an Image in Quick Fix

One last thing here that's really pretty cool is the ability to straighten our images. So I know that you guys at home never do this where you take a photo that is a little bit crooked. I'm the only person, I'm sure, who does. But I'm really grateful then that I have this tool. If you were to accidentally take a crooked photo as well, you might also find this really handy. Over here in the tool bar there is this tool that looks like a level that you would use when you're hanging cabinets or hanging a photo or something. So this is the tool we want, it's just called the Straighten tool. Incidentally, any of these tools, you'll notice when the tag pops up and there's a letter in parentheses, that letter represents the keyboard shortcut for that tool. So that means that wherever I am, if I've got the Move tool down here, and I want to grab the Straighten tool, I can just press P on my keyboard and it'll switch. So the way that this works is pretty simple. You find a photo that's crooked a...

nd you want to straighten it. And all you have to do is click along this line that you want to straighten. So in this case it's my horizon. So I'm clicking here and I'm holding my mouse down, and I'm just gonna drag along that crooked line, and then I'm gonna let go, and PhotoShop's gonna measure that crooked slope and then it's gonna straighten it. And then, because I told it to maintain the image size and auto-fill the edges, it went ahead, straightened the image, and then filled in the edges for me. So I didn't even have to crop this photo. Normally you would have to crop. When you straighten a photo there's always gonna be some cropping, unless you're working with an image where you can do this. Now this auto-fill in the edges is not gonna work on every photo. This image was a good candidate because it's just a blurry, rainy sunset photo shot through a window. But if I had a lot of detail here, if I had a photo of, like I'm at a football game and there's a lot of people in the crowd or something, auto-filling in the people around the edges might not work out as nicely as this. Lemme show you what that looks like. If I undo this, and we'll turn off Auto Fill. And then our choices are to Maintain the Canvas Size or to Maintain the Image Size. Well just go ahead and leave that there, and I'm just gonna re-run this. Now you'll see what happens. This is why you end up having to crop when you straighten a crooked photo, because when you skew it to straighten it, you create these wedges, as they are affectionately called. So fixing those requires the crop tool or some auto-fill magic in Photoshop.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.