Chapter 3. Rotating and Resizing Your Photos

In the last chapter, you learned how to get your photos into Elements. Now it’s time to look at how to trim off unwanted areas and straighten out crooked photos. You’ll also learn how to change the overall size of your images and how to zoom in and out to get a better look at things while you’re editing.

Straightening Scanned Photos

Anyone who’s scanned old photos can testify about the hair-pulling frustration when your carefully placed pictures come out crooked onscreen. Whether you’re feeding in your precious memories one at a time or scanning batches of photos to save time, Elements can help straighten things out.

Straightening Two or More Photos at a Time

If you’ve got a pile of photos to scan, save yourself some time and lay as many of them as you can fit on your scanner. Thanks to Elements’ wonderful Divide Scanned Photos command, you’ll have individual images in no time.

Start by scanning in the photos (Figure 3-1). The only limit is how many can fit on your scanner at once. It doesn’t matter whether you scan directly into Elements or use your scanner’s own software. (See Scanning Photos for more about scanning images into Elements.)


Sometimes it pays to be crooked. Divide Scanned Photos does its best work if your photos are fairly crooked, so don’t waste time trying to be precise when placing your pictures on the scanner.

Consumer-grade flatbed scanners are generally pretty slow, so it’s a huge timesaver if you can scan four or even six photos at a time. Elements can automatically separate and straighten individual photos in a group thanks to the Divide Scanned Photos command.
Figure 3-1. Consumer-grade ...

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