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iPhoto for iOS (iPhone): Crop, straighten, or rotate a photo

Crop, straighten, or rotate a photo

You can crop a photo to mask parts of the image you don’t want.

If your camera was tilted when you took a photo, you can straighten the photo. You can also quickly rotate a photo 90 degrees, if, for example, it was meant to be viewed in portrait orientation but appears in landscape orientation on your device.

Whenever you edit a photo, you can always go back to the original version.

Crop or straighten a photo

  1. Select a photo and tap Toolbox icon.

  2. Tap Crop and straighten tool.

  3. To crop the photo, do one of the following:

    • Set the photo to a standard aspect ratio (or size), such as 2 by 3 inches: Tap Gear (Action) button > Size.

    • Customize the photo’s frame size and positioning: Drag the photo’s border to change the frame size, and drag the photo to reposition it within the frame.

      You can pinch with two fingers to zoom and adjust the photo inside the frame.

      Two finger crop gesture
    Tip:   To constrain a photo’s aspect ratio while cropping, tap Lock aspect ratio icon and drag from the photo’s corner.
  4. To straighten the photo, do one of the following:

    • Adjust the photo manually: Drag the dial or rotate the photo with two fingers.

      Two finger rotate gesture
    • If iPhoto detects a horizon in your photo, straighten the photo automatically: Tap the arrow.

      Tap the arrow to automatically straighten the photo based on the horizon line
Tip:   You can also use your device’s built-in gyroscope to rotate or straighten a photo: Tap the dial and tilt your iPhone or iPod touch.

Rotate a photo

Select a photo, then rotate the photo with two fingers.

If you’re using an editing tool, such as Crop, tap Gear (Action) button and then tap Gear (Action) button to stop using the tool, and then rotate the photo.

Last Modified: Oct 25, 2013
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