Cropping with the Ruler Tool
In c s five we happily got the ability to straighten our images it's not really with the crop told but the crop a crop is involved as you will see and see so this is an image that I got in lisbon, portugal last november actually went out there to teach a several day intensive photoshopped course that was a heck of a lot of fun what I learned is been teaching in foreign countries ask how long their work day is fourteen hours they may be talked for fourteen hours a day it was a lot of time so I took this image at the port wine tasting institute and its cricket and surely the port wine tasting didn't have anything to do with the image ending up being cricket but nevertheless it is cricket so and see us five we have a straightening tool and I want to share with you guys because it is slightly hidden. So over here in my tools panel I'm dealing with the two column tools panel ok, so if you if you have yours in a single column this tool will be a little bit further down then it is online okay...
, so what you want to do is you want to hunt for the eyedropper of course, right? You want to straighten the image, go for the eyedropper tool makes perfect sense and it well it does because there are more tools hidden inside the eyedropper tool set in one of their is the rulers who'll now the ruler tool has been around for ages, but it has never had a straightening component to it until see us five okay, so if anybody is on c s for you ain't going to see the thing we're about to do, you'll see the ruler tool but you won't see the straightening options, so we're going to go ahead and activate the ruler tool now we're going to mouse over to our image and I'll zoom in again. What you want to do is you want to click and drag to draw line what really ought to be straight in your image ok, so I'm gonna click and hold down my mouse button then I'm going to drag diagonally across what should be straight, which is going to give you an angled line ok, you can see my little in here I'm still holding down the mouse button I have not yet released it, so I'm gonna draw a line across what should be straight and then you're going to release the mouse button and I'll zoom back out and in the options bar the new option for c s five is straighten, so when you click it social is going to do two things it's going toe rotate the image to the exact angle of the line that you drew and in doing so, you're going to introduce white space around your image as it rotates and it's also going to crop that extra white space out and about a second poof. So I'll undo by prison commander control z, and I'll add the option or all key to go back and next step further. So this is what the image will look like without the automatic cropping, so I'll go back one more step, and now we're at the original. You could just as easily pop open your history panel much using window history and then going back to the original image if you're following along. So once again we went over to the eyedropper tool set, and then we choose the ruler tool and we mouse over to the image. Click and hold down your mouse button, draw line across what really ought to be straight in the image. Release your mouse button and then click the straighten button in the options bar, and you will get straightening and cropping of your image. Now what if you wanted the straightening without the cropping and you've got two choices there, you can simply press command or control zied undo one step, and you're basically there or you can go back to the original image and after you draw the line. You can't hold down to modifier keys when you click the straightened button, and you will get just the rotation without the crop. And those keys are command option on a mac or control ault on a pc. I think it's easier just to undo one step if you didn't want it cross for some reason, but nevertheless you can, so I have option command, or all to control in pc held down. And then when I clicked the straighten buttons, it just performs the rotation without the cross. Ok, quick question for you from peerless digital. Does that work with a vertical line as well? Absolutely. Photo shop will rotate the image to whatever angle you draw. All right, so that's, a fun little thing, her useful. Before that, the only way to really straighten the image easily was in camera. Raw software had a nice straightening tool.
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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1