How to perfectly straighten your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

May 25, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

How to perfectly straighten your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

May 25, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Straightening your photos sounds like a simple task. But if you’ve ever tried doing it, you know that it isn’t always the case to get it done perfectly. I know it’s something I’ve struggled with when editing some of my images. If you’re anything like me, here’s a super-useful video from Demas Rusli. He’ll show you two simple methods for straightening your photos and nailing it every time.

Method #1: Lightroom

When you open your image in Lightroom, first remove any distortion that your lens may be creating. Next, go to the Transform panel and choose the Guided Upright Tool. It allows you to draw up two four lines (two horizontal and two vertical). Click and drag the tool along the lines that should be horizontal/vertical in the image… And you’re done!

Method #2: Photoshop

While the previous method is simpler and more intuitive, it’s not always ideal. It sometimes cuts off too much of the photo and it doesn’t give you too much control over the image. This is why Demas introduces the second method, for which you’ll need Photoshop. He notes that it takes a bit to get used to it and you should know what to look for in the program.

Start by cropping the image and make sure that Delete cropped pixels” is turned off. If rulers don’t appear on your screen, hit Ctrl/Cmd + R and drag two horizontal and two vertical lines to be your guidelines. You can drag as many as you like, but two of each should do just fine. Then, right click on the image and click Free Transform. Adjust by dragging and moving the nodes around the image until the lines in your photo align with those in the image. And that’s it.

I still have a few photos from my last trip that are waiting to be straightened, and I’m definitely going to try both methods. Have you already used them?

[How to STRAIGHTEN YOUR PHOTOS // Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorial via Reddit]

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3 responses to “How to perfectly straighten your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop”

  1. Igal Pronin Avatar
    Igal Pronin

    There’s Guided Upright Tool in Photoshop too, through ACR

  2. Mardari-Braun André Avatar
    Mardari-Braun André

    Wow the parallex correction even restored the burned sky.

    1. Demas Rusli Avatar
      Demas Rusli

      The burned sky was fixed by bringing down the highlights in Lightroom using a graduated filter.