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Straighten Your Photos with Photoshop

If your photos are unintentionally crooked, they can look very distracting. There’s lots of contributing factors including a crooked tripod, shooting handheld, or just an uneven surface. But solving the problem is really easy.

In Photoshop, select the Ruler Tool (I).


Locate a line or surface that you think should be horizontal (or vertical).

Click and drag a line to measure the angle.


In the Options bar click the Straighten button.


The correct value is used to rotate the image. Depending on your version of Photoshop, it may be automatically cropped to avoid any gaps at the edges. You can also manually crop.



About Richard Harrington (43 Articles)
A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for Apple’s Aperture, iLife ’09 and iWork ’09, Video Made on a Mac, and Producing Video Podcasts. If you want even more Photoshop training, check out his book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4. If you have an iPod touch or iPhone, you can get <a href="http://tinyurl.com/upapps">Rich’s Training in your Pocket</a>

1 Comment on Straighten Your Photos with Photoshop

  1. OMG! How did I not know this tool was there? THANK YOU! Oh, I shall not swell on how many times I’ve straightened things by rotating them back and forth….sigh…

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