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Here we have this interesting photograph that I captured on a recent trip to Hawaii. While I really like the perspective and the composition and the color and the tones, there's a problem, right? The horizon isn't level. Well, let's take a look at how we can quickly and easily fix that. Well, the first thing that I want to do is I want to open up my rulers so I can bring a guide to help me determine how far off this is. Sometimes guides will do that for us. They'll get us familiar with our image, so that we can see yeah, this is a problem.
And we need to fix it. Well, first what we need to do is open up our rulers or view our rulers. We can do so by way of a shortcut. On a Mac, that shortcut is Command+ R for Ruler. PC, Ctrl+R. All right. Well, once you have your rulers visible, simply hover over them. Click-and-drag and bring out a guide. This is just showing me, yup, this is not level at all. No problem. I can fix that. Now, you don't always need to show your rulers or drag out guides, but sometimes I found it helpful to help me confirm it if there is a problem in my image.
All right, I'll go ahead and click and drag this back to the rulers and then press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC to hide those rulers. All right. Well, what we want to do is we want to click on the Eyedropper tool and then hold and then select the Ruler tool. This Ruler tool has some new functionality inside of Photoshop CS5. All that we need to do is to click and drag across something that should be level, in this case, the horizon. Then there is a new button. It's the Straighten button. Click that.
Now the image has been successfully straightened. If we go ahead and pull out our guides, let's do that, Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC. That will bring out the rulers. Click-and-drag a guide, and then bring that guide down to the horizon. You can see, yup! The tool did a phenomenal job. Then I'll go ahead and drag that back, because I don't need that. But there we have it, a really quick and easy way to level our photographs. Now, while I demonstrated this on an example where we worked on the horizon, this also works well vertically.
So, all that you need to do with this tool is to simply click and drag across something that should be straight, whether vertically or horizontally. Then Photoshop will do the rest.
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