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Horizons - FAO ekkl

I'm posting this here rather than cluttering up the "On Water" Salon thread.

There's a very simple Photoshop technique for straightening a horizon.

1) Use the Ruler tool, which is located in the group beneath the eye dropper tool

2) draw a line along the horizon with that Ruler.

3) Go to Image/Rotate/Arbitrary then a window will open where the correction will have been entered automatically by the Ruler.

4) click 'OK' from that correction window and your image will automatically rotate with a straight horizon

You'll probably have to crop off some white edges of the straightened image for the final version as straightening naturally loses something off the edges.

I'm attaching a screenshot showing the ruler line along the horizon and the image/rotate/arbitrary waiting to be clicked.

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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

Nice one Pol, I'll sticky this post.
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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

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Nice one Pol, I'll sticky this post.
I'm not sure that 'Photoshop Permutations' forum is prominent enough y'know. It's tucked away as a sub-forum of Software Solutions, which doesn't seem to be used much either.

I reckon something such as "Digital Darkroom" might be a better way of presenting that group of 'software solutions'.

Whad'ya reckon?


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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

It is even simpler in Paint Shop Pro 7,8 or 9 onwards.

1) Select the Straighten Tool.
2) Align the two markers displayed at each end of the short line by moving them to sit well apart on the horizon. This then effectively draws a line along the horizon.
3) Double left click anywhere in the picture area an 'hey presto' the photo rotates automatically to straighten the horizon.

As Pol has said you have to trim the edges of the picture to get straight edges and will therefore lose a bit of the picture.
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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

And theres me rotating the darn images manually by 0.'s of degrees.

Excellent time saving & very handy tips, thanks!!
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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

Thanks very much for thinking about my problem Pol, much appreciated.

I have CS3 Extended and I don't see the ruler tool in the box below the ey-dropper like in your picture, mine is not there at all!

I have messed about a bit with the settings so I may have somehow disabled something to prevent showing all icons!

I did however use the Rotate and done it by one degree

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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

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Thanks very much for thinking about my problem Pol, much appreciated.

I have CS3 Extended and I don't see the ruler tool in the box below the ey-dropper like in your picture, mine is not there at all!

I have messed about a bit with the settings so I may have somehow disabled something to prevent showing all icons!

I did however use the Rotate and done it by one degree

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CS3 Extended eh
Click in the bottom right of picker tool and the button opens up to reveal the ruler tool. Try it on a few of the other buttons in the toolbox
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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

I'm attaching a small screenshot which shows how to access the grouped tools in Photoshop.

Click on the small black triangle on the bottom right corner of the tools that are showing - then the group of tools beneath each of them opens up.

The red arrow in the screenshot is pointing to the small black triangle. Look around Photoshop and you'll find those small black arrows are used for all sorts of things in the software. Hidden gems lie beneath all those small triangles.

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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

Haa, right, cheers..

I have three good books all about using CS3, one about the video/3D/animation side of things, and the other two about how to use it in general. I keep flicking through them all but not specifically doing anything if you know what I mean, just don't have the time to have a good look these days!

Thanks for the info by the way.
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Re: Horizons - FAO ekkl

Hi ekkl, I bought Scott Kelby's "The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers" - phew! It is really user-friendly and packed with loads of useful information and tips for the PS rookie!

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