Image editing: PaintShop Pro 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: PaintShop Pro

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 PaintShop Pro. You can download a free 30 day demo at Corel’s website. (PC only).

Later this month we’ll be running explainer series for Photoshop (which requires a paid monthly or yearly subscription) 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 paintshop pro’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Rotating images is another essential basic image editing skill. Images may need to be re-orientated (E.g. Requiring a 90 degree rotation) or rotated by just a couple of degrees (E.g. To straighten an horizon).

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

Let’s do it!

You can download the image we use in this explainer from the section further down this page.

Click the play icon to watch this video. Subtitles are available – Click the settings cog at the bottom right for options. You can also watch this video full-screen by clicking the full-screen icon at the bottom right.

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 high-end mobile phone or traditional camera you may also be able to save your photos in a RAW format, and HEIF is becoming more popular. For compatibility reasons JPEG format is often the ‘best’ format to use at time of writing.

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 🙂

Download the image used in this explainer

You’re welcome to download and use the image for personal use only.

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2023. This page was last updated in February 2023.

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This is number 2 of 15 explainer videos for image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!