The CompositionAI tool automatically adjusts the composition, crop, and perspective of the photo. If needed, you can manually fine-tune any aspect of the resulting composition.

Automatically Cropping with CompositionAI

Use these controls to automatically crop an image or fix perspective problems.

  • CompositionAI. Automatically crop your photo based on an analysis of its contents.


  • Perspective. Choose between automatically aligning the horizon (Auto Horizon Alignment) and automatically straightening the verticals (Auto Verticals Straighten).
    • Auto Horizon Alignment. Automatically levels the image horizontally. Good for images that aren’t level with the horizon but that have either a natural horizon or straight horizontal lines.
    • Auto Verticals Straighten. Aligns the image vertically. Works well with images that have clearly defined vertical lines.

Manually Cropping with CompositionAI

Depending on the intended use of the final image (print, web, social media), you may require a very specific aspect ratio for your final image. Straight out of a camera, your photos probably won’t be in that aspect ratio. To solve this problem, use manual tools to take complete, precise control over how an image is cropped.

  1. Open an image that needs cropping or straightening.
  2. Switch to the CompositionAI tool by clicking the Essentials group in the Tools section or by pressing the C key.
  3. A grid and controls now appear over your image..
  4. Choose an Aspect Ratio from the Ratio drop-down menu. The image is displayed with a grid that represents the ratio chosen in the Aspect drop-down menu.
    • Free. Create a custom shape by dragging to taste.
    • Original. Preserves the original shape of the photo but allows you to crop more tightly to remove details from the edges
    • Transposed. The original dimensions are reversed for the crop.
    • 1 : 1 (Square). A square-shaped image is created.
    • 4 : 5. A near-square image that’s common for many photo sizes
    • 8.5 : 11. A common size for documents.
    • 5 : 7. A rectangular image that’s common for many photo sizes
    • 2 : 3. A rectangular image that’s common for many photo sizes
    • 4 : 3. A rectangular image that’s common for many photo sizes
    • 21 : 9. A ratio that presents an ultra-wide view.
    • 16 : 9. A ratio used by televisions, many electronic devices and presentations
    • 16 : 10. A ratio that matches many computer displays.
    • Facebook Cover. A useful size for a page banner on Facebook.
    • Facebook Feed. A common size for an image posted to Facebook.
    • Enter Custom. Offers the ability to choose a specific aspect ratio.
  1. If needed, click the Rotate Crop button to transpose the crop (the original dimensions are reversed for the crop, a 5 : 7 becomes a 7 : 5). You can also press the X key to transpose the crop when the CompositionAI tool is active.
  2. Drag any of the corners or resize handles to modify the cropping rectangle.
  3. To move the image inside the crop, just click inside the image crop area and drag to reposition the image behind the cropping rectangle.
  4. To rotate an image, click and drag just outside a corner to rotate. A grid overlay appears to help you with accurate cropping.
  5. You can also transform the layer while cropping. These tools are located at the bottom of the Crop and Rotate tool.
    • Rotate Left (CCW). Rotates the image 90˚ counter-clockwise.
    • Flip Horizontal. Reverse the left and right sides of the image creating a mirror image.
    • Flip Vertical. Reverse the top and bottom sides of the photo.
  6. When happy with the cropping, switch to another tool to apply the crop.
  7. If you want to cancel the crop, exit it and then choose Edit > Undo.

Image 3D Transform

If your image needs to be scaled or transformed, use these sliders to manually adjust perspective distortion.

  • Vertical. Tilts the image vertically to correct for vertical distortion which, for instance, can occur when a tall building is photographed at street level.
  • Horizontal. Tilts the image horizontally to create straight lines and correct for horizontal distortion which, for instance, can occur when an object is photographed off to the side.
  • Aspect. Moving the Aspect slider to the right corrects for horizontal aspect distortion. Moving it to the left corrects for vertical aspect distortion. The Aspect slider can work in tandem with the Vertical and Horizontal sliders. For example, making a correction with the Horizontal slider may distort the aspect of a subject. To correct this, you can move the Aspect slider until the subject looks natural.

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