Figure 2.9. The final cropped image should look like the version at right.

Correction with the Crop Tool

Photoshop CS's Crop tool provides a third handy way to correct perspective distortion. You don't need to use Guides to fix images in this mode. All you must do is let Photoshop know what lines you want straightened out, and the image editor will square them up. Use the same Toledo Cathedral Tower for the following exercise, so you can compare the results you get with these significantly different methods.

1. Use a fresh, unaltered copy of the Toledo Cathedral Tower file.

2. Select the Crop tool (press C to make it active, or use the Tool Palette).

3. If values appear in the boxes on the Options bar (from previous use of the Crop tool), click the Clear button at the far-right end of the Options bar to remove those entries.

4. Drag a selection around the tower, as shown in Figure 2.10. If you're working with an image of your own, the object should be something that would be rectangular if not for the perspective distortion.

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