I have some 300 images, all handheld shots done in an on-location studio set. They all need varying amounts of image rotation since they're handheld. There's a beaded curtain in the background, so manually I use the ruler tool, draw a line along a strand of beads, and then image/rotate/arbitrary.
I need to create an action that will (1) do the arbitrary rotation and then (2) save and close the file.
However, when I record this, the value of the rotation of the sample file I'm working is what gets recorded (not surprising). In other words, if image A needs 0.28 degrees of rotation, that's not what I want for image B which might need -0.15 degrees instead. The action recorded 0.28.
Is there a way to create an action that will simply rotate according to the ruler once I've drawn it?
You have not said what version of photoshop you are using, but it sounds like it is earlier than CS5 that has a Straighten button in the Options bar when you use the Ruler tool. What you could do as a temporary measure, is to DL and install the public beta of CS6 which has the same function. There's about 30 days left before the beta times out.
BTW I just tried it in CS6 and, unlike CS5, the Straighten tool does not do crop the image as part of the same function. I can't see anything in the Options bar, so can someone check and see if there's something I am missing please?
Trevor - I think you gave me the answer...
After drawing the line needed by the ruler, I use the straigten option (which I'd forgotten existed). In CS5, this also crops - but that's something I can take care of via the history.
While recording, I "straighten", and then unclick the crop state in the history. The action caught this. I'll add save and close to it, but thus far - it seems to be working...
True - and I am a keyboard shortcut dude. But got it working (I was impressed that using the mouse to unclick the last step in the history worked...), and things are doing what I needed.
And I'm hoping that my suggestion of the last-step undo will make CS5 on par with CS6 in this one small aspect, and perhaps help someone else...
Many thanks to you!!!
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BTW. This posted from my iPad because my fairly new i7 3930K system with 32Gb RAM just died on me. I think the PSU is dead. Bummer.
[EDIT] Looks like I lied about the Profile. There is no provision to put a URL in it that I can see.
Hi Trevor - the link has a period '.' at the end that's messing this up.
Here's the correct link:
Good luck with the i7 box!!! Thanks again for your help!
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