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Eas­ily ad­just a whole host of pa­ram­e­ters with Free Trans­form

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Pho­tog­ra­phy is all about pick­ing the right tool for the job; macro lens for a macro photo; ND fil­ter for a long ex­po­sure shot; beauty dish for a beauty por­trait. So you should pick the right tool in post-pro­duc­tion when you want to tweak or edit a pho­to­graph, right?

Well it’s true. The ro­tate tool will en­able you to ro­tate an im­age, just as the scale tool will let you re­size it, and the per­spec­tive tool will en­able you to fix a wonky an­gle. How­ever, what if you have to ro­tate an im­age and re­size it and fix a wonky an­gle? If you pick the right tool for the job, that’s three sep­a­rate tools for three sep­a­rate jobs. What if there was a magic way of do­ing all those jobs with the same tool?

Thank­fully, there is. The Free Trans­form tool is an all-in-one so­lu­tion that en­ables you to ma­nip­u­late a num­ber of im­age prop­er­ties at once, in­clud­ing ro­ta­tion, scale, skew, dis­tort and per­spec­tive. When you make it part of your work­flow, it will speed up your edit­ing con­sid­er­ably – es­pe­cially if you in­cor­po­rate the as­so­ci­ated key­board short­cuts.

Free Trans­form is a semi­ad­vanced tool that El­e­ments has in­cor­po­rated from Pho­to­shop, and works in much the same way as the in­di­vid­ual edit­ing tools. It’s one of those func­tions that, once your brain is used to us­ing it, you won­der how you ever did with­out it be­fore.

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