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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Sometimes it's just not possible to photograph the scene at the angle that you want in order to make the perspective correct, or sometimes you're just off by a little bit and you might not notice it as you take the photograph. In order to fix this, we can use the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel, but before we do that, let's also make sure that we enable our Lens Profile Correction. This is very different, the Profile Correction is going to get rid of any distortion that was caused by the lens itself. Then we can move over to the Manual tab in order to fix the perspective of the image.
I'll want to focus on the vertical and the horizontal perspective, and maybe add a little bit of rotation. You can see, as I move the Vertical to the left or to the right, we are correcting the perspective of the image. I just want to move that maybe a little bit to the left in order to correct that perspective, and then we'll use the horizontal perspective in order to make our correction here. And I just want to make a slight change to the right. But it's still not quite straight, and we can tell that because of the bricks going across the top.
So let's go ahead and add just a little bit of a rotation to the left there in order to straighten out those bricks. If I tap the P key, we can toggle on and off the preview, and we can see that we've straightened the perspective of this image. Before we apply this, you'll notice on the lower left as well as the lower right there are some gray areas that have been created by Camera Raw in order to fill the rectangular area of the whole image.
I probably don't want those. And I suppose I could take this image into Photoshop and try to fill the areas with Content-Aware Fill, but I'm simply going to crop them. So using the Crop tool, I'm going to make sure that the Constrain to Image is turned on and I'll crop this to a 2 x 3 aspect ratio. I'll click and drag out my crop in order to exclude those gray areas. and when I tap Enter or Return, you can see that I've just trimmed those away. Of course it's all nondestructive, so if I tap the C key in order to view the Crop tool again, you can see that all the information is still there, and I can make adjustments and then tap Enter or Return again to apply that crop.
One helpful tip to keep in mind: you might want to think about shooting the scene a little bit wider than necessary if you know that you're going to change the perspective, because you will have to do this cropping after you've fixed the image.
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