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Quick Tip: Straightening your Images

It's no secret that straightening the horizon on your image can really improve its composition and appeal. But how do you get it exactly straight? I do it with Photoshop or Lightroom. (CS3 and v.1.4, I have yet to update). So here's how I do it with Photoshop:

Step 1

Step 1

I took this on a hike at Morraine Lake in Banff Calgary but I didn't use a tripod so its slightly crooked. Not a big deal, just a little distracting. Nothing a little Photoshop can't fix ;) So open up that baby and let's get started! BTW, that blue line is just there to show how crooked the photo is.

Step 2

Step 2

First things first, duplicate your background layer (cmd+j or ctrl+j) so in case something goes wrong you still have your original image.

Step 3

Step 3

Next, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction...

Step 4

Step 4

In the Lens Correction dialog box double click the Zoom Tool to zoom into your image 100%. Zoom into your crooked horizon.

Step 5

Step 5

Select your Straighten Tool.

Step 6

Step 6

Take the straighten tool and draw over (trace) any part of the horizon that should be straight.

Step 7

Step 7

And boom! you're done.

Morraine Lake by Jack Kaye

The process is more or less the same in Lightroom. You can find the straightening tool in the crop menu. :)

-Jack

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