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How to Crop and Straighten Photos

When I travel, I tend to take many pictures of signs.  These shots help me recognize/organize the hundreds or thousands of pictures I take.  Most of the signs are for archival purposes but some of the signs find their way onto my scrapbook pages.  Since signs are not always at camera level, I tend to get some awkward angles and weird perspectives.  Today’s tutorial deals with straightening these signs with just a few clicks.  (For the tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS2.)

I took this photo at Trim Castle in Ireland, 7/2008

1.    Open your photo.

2.    Using the crop tool, drag the marquee over the sign.  This does not have to be perfect-notice that the top right hand corner of the sign is not selected.

 3.    Make sure the perspective box is checked in the Options menu.

4.    Notice that there are little handles at the four corners of the marquee.  Drag each handle to the corner of the sign.

 5.    Click enter.  TA DA!!

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. You may download a PDF version HERE.

Happy Scrapping,



10 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. oooh handy tip – thanks so much!!

  2. Carol – this is such a great, simple & handy tip. I’ve been wondering how to do that! Crazy that I’ve had the tools for it this whole time – I guess we all just need to explore the possibilities of our software a little more. Thank you!

  3. Thanks it was a good tip.

  4. that is fantastic!!! thanks Carol! you are one talented gal! :)

  5. That is really neat, and an awesome tutorial, Carol!! Super Idea!!

  6. Wow, what a cool tip! Can’t wait to try it out!

  7. How did I now know this? Awesome tut Carol 😀

  8. Well, I’ll be! I can’t tell you how often I’ve moved crowds to try to stand under the exact center of a sign. And this is so simple. Thanks!!

  9. Great tip Carol! So clearly explained!