Step 4: Straighten Image

Many photos need to be straightened. Buildings or horizons may look tilted, or as is the case with the image of the butterfly, the specimen photo needs to be slightly rotated toward the left. The process of straightening an image can be a trial and error process, unless you know about the incredible Measure tool tip, which has been built into our action.

■ Click and hold your cursor on the Eyedropper tool in the Tools palette until you get a pop-up menu; choose Measure tool.

■ Click once in the image just above the center of the butterfly's head and drag down toward the tail of the image as shown in Figure 7.6.

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Select Measure tool and drag line to show vertical or horizontal line. If image is OK, then type 0 in next step.

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■ Click on the Play Selection button at the bottom of the Actions palette to continue the action to get the Rotate Canvas dialog box shown in Figure 7.7. Notice that a value automatically is placed in the Angle box and that CCW (Counter Clock Wise) is checked. This value is for the degrees of rotation needed to straighten the image. Click OK and you have a perfectly straightened image on the first try.

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