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Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

A dead giveaway of amateurish photography is crooked horizon lines. Not a problem. Elements gives you several ways to straighten those images after the fact. So, after your next photo shoot, launch the Elements Editor and then straighten your images before you show them off.

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. Elements gives you several ways to straighten an image.

Use the Straighten tool in Photoshop Elements 10

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 Full Photo Edit mode, select the Straighten tool from the Tools panel (or press the P key).

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

    • 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.

Use the Straighten menu commands in Photoshop Elements 10

In addition to using the Straighten tool, you can straighten your images by using two commands on the Image menu, in either Full Photo Edit or Quick Photo Edit 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.