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Content Aware Crop and Straightening in Photoshop

Posted on 1st April 2020
For this tutorial, we will use some images to illustrate the cropping technique. 

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you want to work with.



2 - Select the “Crop Tool” (C) and make sure only the “Content Aware” box is checked in the Top Menu.





3 - Click on the “Straighten” button then click and drag a line across something in the image you want to be straight. The image should rotate.





4 - Hit “Enter” or click the “Check Mark” on the Top Menu to apply the “Content Aware Crop” to the empty spaces.





5 - Depending on the angle of rotation, the amount of empty space you need to fill and the “Background” of the image the results may not be ideal. You can “Crop” some of the portions that don’t look so good using the “Crop Tool” (C) but this time checking the “Delete Cropped Pixels” box.



6 - The straightened image should look similar to this.



7 - You can also use the “Content Aware Crop” to extend the edges of an image. Just select the “Crop Tool” (C) and make sure only the “Content Aware” box is checked in the Top Menu. Then, pull the side or sides you want to extend and hit “Enter” or click the “Check Mark” on the Top Menu to apply the “Content Aware Crop” to the empty spaces. This will not work with complicated images as shown with some portions of the edges in the previous example.




by @lornacane

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