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Fixing Photos with Straighten and Perspective Correction
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Fixing Photos with Straighten and Perspective Correction
Created by: Zonia

 

This is going to a quick and easy lesson where we will fix a photo using some of the tools on the toolbar that I haven't covered yet. Other tools used are the Crop and the Scratch Remover tool.

Keep in mind when doing this lesson that I am just covering the basics on how to use these tools. There are several settings that I won't cover. I am hoping that you will take the time to experiment with them to see just what they do. Also take a few minutes to read the help topics about them. Remember you can type Shift+F1 and click on any tool to open the topic covering that tool.

 
Download File Download File
The download file on the left contains the photo we are going to fix.
 

Open Image

Extract the photo from your download file and open it in PSP. Then, go to Window || Duplicate (Shift+D) and close the original in case you need it again.

I chose this photo because it is crooked, and out of perspective. It is a family photo taken a few years ago. I am the one in purple and pink in case you are wondering.

 
Straighten Tool  Preset: Reset to Default Option





Apply current tool settings

Click on the Straighten tool, using default settings. A horizontal bar with a box at each end will appear in the center of the image.

Click in the middle of that bar and, holding down the left mouse button, drag the bar down to where the box on your left is just at the top edge of the white part.

Click on the boxes at the ends to align the line with the white edge at the bottom of the picture.

Click in the middle of the bar and, holding down the left mouse button, drag the bar to where the box on your left is at the top edge of the white part.

Click on the boxes at the ends to align the line with the white edge. I have highlighted the bar in red to make it easier for you to see. Click on the Apply button in the Tool Options palette.

 
Perspective Correction Tool


Besides needing straightening this photo is out of perspective so let's fix that.

Click on the Perspective Correction tool. This time we are going to use the blue borders to the right and the left on our photo as our guide. Click and, holding down the left mouse button, drag each box until the lines follow the edges of the top and bottom and the inside of the blue edges on the sides. I highlighted the lines in red again for you. To apply the correction, click on the Apply button in the Tool Options palette.

We could also have been cropping the image as we went using the "Crop image" option in the Tool Options palette, but I wanted to get rid of the date on the image as well so I decided to wait.

 
Crop Tool  Preset: Reset to Default Option

There are many ways to crop an image. We have explored some of them in previous lessons but for this lesson we're going to use the Crop tool.

Click on the Crop tool, using the default settings.

Starting at (x:75 y:9), holding down the left mouse button, drag to (x:539 y:335) and release the mouse button.

Click on Apply in the Tool Options palette.

 
Scratch Remover Tool  Preset: Reset to Default Option



The next part isn't really a scratch but we are going to pretend it is so we can play with the Scratch Remover tool. This tool works great but it only works on background (flattened) images.

Here's a screen shot of the Scratch Remover surrounding the area we are going to fix which is the brown area in the upper left of the photo.

Click on the Scratch Remover tool, click on the default button and then set the Width to about 30.

Starting at either end drag out an outline that includes all the brown area.

When you release the mouse button it will auto apply. I bet you my sister-in-law wishes she could fix the real problem that easy.

 
That's it. Since this is a family picture I am pretty sure you don't want to save it but feel free to use it to play around with the settings of the different tools we covered here. You might want to use some of the techniques in my Lesson 8 for fixing photos. I hope you enjoyed this lesson.