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Learn how to rotate and crop an image in Adobe Fireworks CS3.
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Now we have seen enough of how the panels work, let's try using some. The first panel that I want to point to is actually a brand new one for this version of Fireworks and that's the Image Editing Panel. Now if you don't have yours up on the screen like I do, remember all of our panels are included in the Windows pull-down menu. This particular one is included in the Others Palette and you can select it right from here and doc it if necessary. I have already got mine selected, so I will just click out into this area, and now we can start working on and using it.
This panel is a unique one. All the tools that are found in this panel can be found other places in the program. But what they have done here is they have collected up the most used tools in image editing and gathered them all up in one place, so we can easily access them without rummaging around the program. We will get things started by doing a couple of obvious things to this image.
First of all, it's crooked, now this particular image is a little village outside of Munich but the photo is taken through the Window of a moving car. So we didn't get the horizon quite lined up. I am just going to move my cursor over the image and select it. Remember we can't work on it unless it's selected, and I am going to go over to my Image Editing tools and I am going to choose from the Scale Tool which offers me a lot of transforms on my object.
Now you can see as soon as I selected that tool, a bunch of handles appear and I can use these handles to stretch or squish the picture by dragging on them. There you can see, I can stretch my picture in sideways or I could grab a corner handle and scale the image down. Now let's undo that transform because we don't want to scale our image, we would like to rotate it.
I am going to go back to my Transform Tool and this time you will notice that if your cursor is outside of the handles, you see you have a Rotate Cursor icon and using this one, I can just click-and-drag up just a little bit and there you can see by the edges that we are rotating our picture around.
Now if I just play with it a little bit, I can level it out, and now we only have the problem of these extra edges hanging out here. Now you can see already the fact that the program has disconnected the picture from the work area is helping us out.
Now let's try out another tool in our Image Editing Panel. This time, I am going to go for the Crop Tool. This tool allows me to select areas to keep and areas that I want to get rid of.
As I click-and-drag with this tool, I am going to pull out a rectangular area. Now you can see I have handles on this as well. These handles simply allow me to move that rectangular area around. What I would like to do is stretch this rectangular area out so I can make a square picture again, but cut off all the edges that include these angled lines leftover from our rotate operation.
I should be able to pull out just a little bit here on the side, and a little bit more on the bottom. With this tool, I only have to hit the Enter or Return key to accept change, and once I do so it's going to clip off anything outside of the crop area. We will press the Enter key and now you can see we have resized our picture down to that crop selection and picture looks like it was taken this way originally.
So you can see the Crop Tool is an easy way to get rid of unwanted portions of your picture.