How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 9 - dummies

How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements provides several ways to straighten your images. You may have an image with a crooked horizon line, or maybe you scanned a photo and it wasn’t quite centered in the middle of the scanning bed. After your next photo shoot, launch the Elements editor and then straighten your images before you show them off.

Using the Straighten tool in Elements

The Straighten 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. Select the Straighten tool from the Tools panel (or press the P key) only in Edit Full mode.

  2. Specify your desired setting from the Canvas Options on the Options bar.

    Straighten tool settings on the Options bar.
    Straighten tool settings on the Options bar.

    Here are your choices:

    • Grow or Shrink Canvas to Fit: Rotates the image and increases or decreases the size of the canvas to fit the image area.

    • Crop to Remove Background: Trims off 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.

    • Crop to Original Size: Rotates your image without trimming off any background canvas.

  3. (Optional) Select Rotate All Layers.

    If you have an image with layers and you want all of them 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 either of the crop options in Step 2, also cropped.

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 Edit Full or Edit 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.

    Straighten menu commands on the Image-->Rotate menu.
    Straighten menu commands on the Image–>Rotate menu.