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Cropping and straightening photos

With the Crop and Straighten tools, you can control which portion of a photo opens into Photoshop. You can readjust the crop box at any time without losing any image data, and the outlying areas will remain available even after you click Save, Done, or Open.

To crop a photo:

  1. Open a photo into Camera Raw A (see step 1 on page 51).

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    A This is the original photo, in Camera Raw.

  2. Choose the Crop tool crop_tool_icon.jpg (C).
  3. Drag in the preview to make a crop box appear.B

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    B With the Crop tool, we drew a crop box in the preview window. Here, we are resizing the box.

  4. Optional: To move the crop box, drag inside it. To resize the box, drag a handle.
  5. To preview the results of the Crop tool, press Enter/Return or click any tool except the Crop or Straighten tool.C

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    C We pressed Enter/Return to preview the results.

  • To redisplay the current crop box after exiting crop mode, click the Crop tool. If you want to remove the box and redisplay the whole image, press Esc.

To straighten a crooked photo automatically:

  1. Open a photo into Camera Raw, then double-click the Straighten tool straighten_tool_icon.jpg (A); or choose the Straighten tool, then double-click anywhere in the image.
  2. Press Enter/Return.
  • To turn the Crop tool into a temporary Straighten tool, hold down Ctrl/Cmd.

To straighten a crooked photo manually:

  1. Open a photo into Camera Raw, then choose the Straighten tool straighten_tool_icon.jpg (A).
  2. Drag along an edge in the photo that you want to align to the horizontal or vertical axis.A A crop box will display, aligned to the angle you drew.B

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    A With the Straighten tool, we are dragging along an edge that we want to align to the vertical axis.

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    B A crop box displays.

  3. To preview the straighten results, press Enter/Return.C

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    C We pressed Enter/Return to preview the results.

  • To change the straighten results after exiting crop mode, choose the Straighten tool (A), then drag again.
  • If you want to remove the crop box, choose the Crop tool (C), then press Esc.
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