How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 14 - dummies

How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 14

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements gives you several ways to straighten an image. There may be times when you just didn’t quite get that horizon straight when you took a photo of the beach. Or maybe you scanned a photo and it wasn’t quite centered in the middle of the scanning bed. It’s not a big deal.

Using the Straighten tool

This tool enables you to specify a new straight edge, and it then rotates the image accordingly. Here’s how to use the Straighten tool:

  1. In Expert mode, select the Straighten tool from the Tools panel (or press the P key).

    It looks like an analog level tool.

  2. Specify your desired setting from the Canvas Options in the Tool Options.

    Here are your choices:

    • Grow or Shrink rotates the image and increases or decreases the size of the canvas to fit the image area.

    • Remove Background trims the background canvas outside the image area. This choice is helpful if you scan an image and white areas appear around your photo that you want removed.

    • Original Size rotates your image without trimming any background canvas.

    If you select either the Original Size or Remove Background option, you can select the Auto Fill Edges option. When selected, after you straighten the image, the edges that have missing pixels will fill using the content-aware algorithm. Note: You can also vertically straighten your image by pressing Ctrl (⌘ on a Mac) and dragging along a vertical edge.

  3. (Optional) Select Rotate All Layers.

    If you have an image with layers and you want them all rotated, select this option.

  4. Draw a line in your image to represent the new straight edge.

    Your image is then straightened and, if you chose any of the crop options in Step 2, also cropped.

The Straighten Tool is now also available in Quick mode. To straighten an image, draw a line in your After image to represent the new straight edge. Then choose an option to crop and resize your image. Choose to fill in empty spaces either by maintaining the image size or by maintaining the canvas size. In addition, you can choose the option to fill any empty edges using content-aware algorithms.

Using the Straighten menu commands

In addition to using the Straighten tool, you can straighten your images by using two commands on the Image menu, in either Expert or Quick mode:

  • To automatically straighten an image without cropping, choose Image → Rotate → Straighten Image. This straightening technique leaves the canvas around the image.

  • To automatically straighten and crop the image simultaneously, choose Image → Rotate → Straighten and Crop Image.