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?