Did you take a tilted photo of your ecology?

As we start taking more pictures of our ecologies, it’s possible that you’ll want to tweak them a little bit using PhotoShop. Did you take a beautiful picture of your ecology that you want to use on your website, but it came out a little diagonal? It’s okay! There’s a tool for that! Say I have the following picture of my ecology (note: Click the image for the actual photo source!):

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Whoops!  Luckily, PhotoShop has a Straighten Tool that will make this image look as straight as I intended it. First, look for the Crop Tool on the left toolbar:

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Now, move your gaze up to the top of the screen to look for and select the Straighten Tool:

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After you have selected the tool, your photo will have a target in the middle and crop lines around the edges, like so:

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To utilize this tool, look for something in the photograph that you know was horizontal originally. For example, let’s use the horizon. You could also use windows if you’re taking pictures of buildings! You will simply click and drag your cursor over the horizontal line you located. It doesn’t need to be the whole length of the line in a picture like this. Do not lift your finger off the mouse after the initial click (like you would if you were using a selection tool, for example)! It’s one simple motion. The number that appears while you’re adjusting the length and direction of your line is the measurement of the angle the photo will be rotated. After you release your mouse, the photo will automatically rotate and look something like this:

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Hit enter and you’re all done! You’ll notice that everything outside the box around the photo disappears and whatever is inside those lines becomes the new photo area. You normally won’t lose as many pixels as I did because your rotation angle probably won’t be this severe (Mine was about 37 degrees!). Here’s the final product:

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~ by flkarson on September 26, 2013.

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