New Content-Aware Feature in Photoshop CC

Photoshop Lesson

Straighten a picture in Photoshop using the new Content-Aware feature. You may have a crooked photo that would look better if it was straighter. First, crop using the Straighten option. This option allows you to set the horizon line and then apply a Content-Aware feature to edit the picture. Here’s how in 10 quick and easy steps:

  1. Open Photoshop CC.
  2. Open a photo of your choice that is crooked.
  3. Click the Crop Tool. From the Options bar select Straighten.
  4. Draw a line to represent the horizon.
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  1. The image is straightened and cropped. Notice the areas where you lose a lot of your picture.
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  1. Click Content-Aware from the Options bar. The area to be cropped is adjusted.
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  1. Drag the selection handles to include or exlude any area of the photo.
  2. Click Commit to complete the operation.
  1. Save the picture.
  2. Close Photoshop.

This is an optional extension activity in the newly revised TechnoPhotoshop project. Read all about Photoshop lessons for beginners here!


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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