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How to Rotate, Level, Crop, and Size Images

The most basic editing you can apply to an image in Photoshop Elements involves making changes to the entire file. Some common changes include rotating, leveling, cropping, and sizing images.

Rotating and Leveling Images

Many photographers rotate the camera while taking a picture. When these images are brought into the computer, they appear sideways. Photoshop Elements makes rotating images easy, using either the Organizer and Editor workspaces. Sometimes the rotation needed isn't a perfect 90-degree turn to the right or left; instead the photo needs a slight adjustment to level the horizon. Photoshop Elements includes a special tool called the Straighten tool that does this for you automatically (Figure 1). Rotate 90° Counter Clockwise tool Rotate 90° Counter Clockwise t l Figure 1 Rotate and Straighten tools Straighten tool

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To rotate an image in the Organizer workspace:

1. Select an image that needs rotating in the Organizer (Figure 2). 2. Click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button below the Organizer workspace to rotate the image. The Image rotates 90 degrees (Figure 3).

Figure 2 Image that needs rotating

Figure 3 Image rotated 90 degrees

To rotate an image in the Editor workspace:

1. Open an image that needs rotating in the Editor. 2. Select either the Quick Fix or Full Edit tab. 3. Choose Image > Rotate > 90° Left or 90° Right. Note: You can also rotate the image 180 degrees.

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To level an image by using its horizon:

1. Open an image that needs leveling in the Editor. 2. Select the Full Edit tab. 3. Select the Straighten tool in the Tools palette. 4. Drag to draw a straight line representing what should be the horizon of the photo (Figure 4). The image is leveled based on the line you draw. The horizon is now level, but outer edges are at an angle (Figure 5). You can fix this by cropping the image. Figure 4 Image being leveled

Figure 5 Leveled image

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Cropping an Image

Photographers use the Crop tool on just about every image (Figure 6). Most professional images we see in magazines and billboards have been cropped to improve the balance and symmetry of the original picture. Photoshop Elements lets you crop an image from both the Quick Fix and Full Edit tabs in the Editor workspace.

Figure 6 Crop tool

To rotate an image in the Organizer workspace:

1. Open an image that needs cropping in the Editor. 2. Select either the Quick Fix or Full Edit tab. 3. Select the Crop tool in the Tools palette. 4. Drag to select the area of the photo to be cropped. The interior of the crop selection is what will remain after the photo is cropped (Figure 7). 5. Use the selection handles along the crop border to adjust the cropping area. 6. Click the Commit the Current Operation button (green check mark) to crop the image. The image is cropped (Figure 8).

Figure 7 Areas selected for cropping

Figure 8 Cropped image

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Adjusting Image Size and Resolution

Once you've finished editing or retouching a photograph, you may also need to change its overall file size and resolution to optimize the image for viewing. For example, an image intended for printing will have a much larger file size and resolution than one you plan to place on a web site or send by e-mail.

To adjust the size and resolution of a file:

1. Open the image in the Editor. 2. Select either the Quick Fix or Full Edit tab. 3. Choose Edit > Resize > Image Size. The Image Size dialog box appears (Figure 9). 4. Select the Resample Image check box. 5. Select the Constrain Proportions check box. This forces you to maintain the width-to-height proportion of the image. Use the resolution box to change the resolution. The preferred resolution for viewing images on computer screens is 72 pixels/inch. For printing images, you will want a higher resolution. If you plan to show the image on the web or to send the image by e-mail, you should leave the resolution at 72 and then adjust the dimensions to the maximum size you want them to appear onscreen. Because you have Constrain Proportions selected, you can change either the Width or the Height in the Pixel Dimensions section and the remaining measurements will change automatically (Figure 10). Making the image smaller can reduce the file size significantly.

Figure 9 Image Size dialog box

Figure 10 Constrained proportions

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