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Rotating to guidelines that are in the image (jpg)

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May 20, 2020

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I have a scan of an old busness card that I would like to re-use after I make a few changes.  The cards came in an 11" x 14" sheet at the time and they had guidelines on them to show where to make the cuts.  So my scan is of one card but not cut out perfectly - it still has the guidelines - it still needs to be trimmed.

 

The scan is a 3.88 MB jpg.

 

How can I rotate the scan to align perfectly with the guidelines?  I am brand new to Illustartor.

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You need to turn on Smart Guides. And you need to edit the Preferences > Smart Guides and then to rotate the cards exactly, you can do it like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0nbhpeauqiboh2f/rotate.mp4?dl=0

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Rotating to guidelines that are in the image (jpg)

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I have a scan of an old busness card that I would like to re-use after I make a few changes.  The cards came in an 11" x 14" sheet at the time and they had guidelines on them to show where to make the cuts.  So my scan is of one card but not cut out perfectly - it still has the guidelines - it still needs to be trimmed.

 

The scan is a 3.88 MB jpg.

 

How can I rotate the scan to align perfectly with the guidelines?  I am brand new to Illustartor.

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

You need to turn on Smart Guides. And you need to edit the Preferences > Smart Guides and then to rotate the cards exactly, you can do it like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0nbhpeauqiboh2f/rotate.mp4?dl=0

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Can you provide at least one screenshot that may better show what you are trying to do?

 

Perhaps with some more clarifications, if necessary.

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Here is a screenshot with the card info blurred.card.PNG

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Have you tried using the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop to adjust the JPG?

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No, I have not.  Do you mean with the Straighten option within the Lens Correction filter?

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I mean the Transform adjustments in the Custom dialog.

 

 

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But I see from your other message, You can drag Guides from the Rulers and then use the Rotate tool (R) to carefully rotate the image using the trim marks. 

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I created the Guides from the View tab.  But using R to rotate rotates the guides as well.

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Try putting your guides on another layer and lock the layer.

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Community Beginner ,
May 21, 2020

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Same issue.  I created a new layer called guide layer and locked it so that the padlock is white.  I then select the original card layer (which Ps labeled Background) and try to rotate.  Everything moves together.

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You'll need to move your guides to the guide layer before locking it.

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May 21, 2020

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Can you explain how to do that?

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May 22, 2020

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You need to turn on Smart Guides. And you need to edit the Preferences > Smart Guides and then to rotate the cards exactly, you can do it like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0nbhpeauqiboh2f/rotate.mp4?dl=0

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May 22, 2020

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Thank you.  But how to tell when it is straight?  It seems you are rotating the card using the line you drew and then estimating instead of to a known horizontal line.

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May 22, 2020

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It's not estimating. The smart guides show exactly when that reference line is at 0°.

 

You need to find a meaningful place for that reference line. Since you have ghosted your complete card, I can only use the crop marks. The base line of a text might be appropriate as well.

 

Remember: you have a pixel image. Illustrator can not magically align it.

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