Straighten images in Photoshop CS6

It is pretty easy to straighten images in Photoshop CS6. The new and improved Crop tool lets you straighten images as well.

  1. Select the Crop tool.
  2. Click Straighten from the control bar on top.
  3. Draw a line along an edge that should have been straight. For  example, draw a line along the horizon, or perhaps the edge of a building. Photoshop will automatically rotate the image by the right amount, resize the canvas, and show you a live preview of what the final image will look like

    The no-longer leaning tower. Original image from Wikimedia

  4. Press Enter/Return to commit the change.

Note: If you want the option to revisit your decision about the crop, uncheck Delete Cropped Pixels in the Control bar. Enabling this option will perform a non-destructive crop.



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  1. #1 by Robert Lowdon on July 31, 2012 - 10:13 am

    I must say Thank You for updating the cropping tool! This is a vast improvement over previous versions.

  2. #2 by Malik on December 30, 2012 - 5:59 am

    I look at the stuff on my website and I have thnigs from when I started back in July to what I have now. I can tell you different programs give you way different outcomes and I started with Pixlr(dot)com and went to Gimp (which I really like) and now to Photoshop (which I’m getting used to). check out my channel too.

  3. #3 by Alex on January 4, 2013 - 10:42 am

    The update on the cropping tool is a big improvement.

  4. #4 by Mike on April 18, 2013 - 5:46 am

    How do you “draw a line along an edge”?

    If I use the crop tool, select Straighten, I get an arrow pointer. If I try to click and drag that along the edge I want to indicate, it just moves the whole image off the canvas.

    • #5 by pnamajck on May 21, 2013 - 11:42 pm

      mike . . . your image may be a bitmap-image . . . change the image to greyscale (image/mode) . . . use the straighten tool . . . then change back to bitmap.

      same happens if you try going to image/rotate on bitmap-image . . . less versatility.

  5. #6 by Brandon on May 25, 2013 - 7:39 pm

    This works amazingly! Another reason to add why I’m glad I upgraded to Photoshop CS6

  6. #7 by Susan W on June 18, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    This won’t work with a TIFF …you have to change it to a PSD.

    • #8 by Michael O on November 14, 2013 - 3:11 am

      This DOES work with a TIFF, but ONLY if you change Image > Mode to Grayscale.

  7. #9 by JP on January 19, 2014 - 9:57 am

    No help tutorial should begin with this “is pretty easy”. When the overly simple instructions fail it points out the inadequacy of the guide. Caveats about file type and such should not be left to commentators to clean up. This is an indication that the complicating details were left out of the original instruction. Likely many fewer people would be looking for help on this topic if it were in fact “easy” or obvious for every situation. Unless of course you mean it is easy once one knows how, but that is not helpful.

    • #10 by Vikrant on January 22, 2014 - 11:33 am

      Point Taken. (but for me it seems to work on both BMP and TIFF; but I am tyring this out on Photoshop CC. I’ll verify again on CS6)

  8. #11 by hemanth on December 29, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    why is this option not in cs5 should i update my software fr this???

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