Image editing: Photoshop explainer 2 of 5

Open an image, rotate it and crop it.

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Open an image, rotate it and crop it


Name of explainer: Open an image, rotate it and crop it

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: Photoshop

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 2 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses Photoshop. You can download a free 7 day demo from Adobe’s website. Note Photoshop forms part of the ‘Photography plan’ AND the full ‘Creative Cloud all apps’ plan – Check carefully which subscription will be appropriate for you before committing to a paid subscription.

This month we’re also running explainer series for PaintShop Pro (which requires a single payment) and GIMP (which is completely free).

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install photoshop’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Being able to rotate images is essential. Images may need to be re-orientated (E.g. Requiring a 90 degree rotation) or rotated by just a few degrees (E.g. To straighten an horizon).

It’s also important to be able to CROP images, which involves trimming away the parts you don’t need and ensuring the shape of the updated image matches its destination (E.g. For printing on photo paper or using in a video slideshow).

Let’s do it!

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Good to know

The image we’ve opened and saved is in JPEG (or jpg) format. This is the most common file format for photos. If you have a modern mobile phone or traditional digital camera you may also be able to save photos in RAW format, and HEIF is also becoming more popular. For guaranteed compatibility with all software it’s best to use JPEG.

Where to next?

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2022. This page was last updated in February 2022.

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This is number 12 of the 15 explainer videos made available for image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!