Do you take crooked photos?

by Chris Guld,

I’m always snapping photos out the window of a moving RV, and more often than not they come out looking like this one I snapped this summer as we crossed Lake Champlain into Vermont:


It was such a pretty scene, but this picture is unusable because it’s so crooked (that big orange road marker doesn’t help either!)

Using PIcasa, just click on the straighten tool and you will get a grid of dotted lines and a slider at the bottom. Drag the slider left or right to change the angle of the picture. When the horizon lines up with the grid, click Apply.


And, just a couple more clicks crops out the road marker and makes the sky bluer.


Yes!  That’s more like the scene I saw.

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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

2 thoughts on “Do you take crooked photos?”

  1. I do use the straighten tool a whole lot. It is the best thing since apple pie! When I see other people’s crooked pictures on line or in an email, I wish they’d straighten them up before they post them! It is SO easy!!


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