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Using Upright to level, or straighten, a photograph

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Video: Using Upright to level, or straighten, a photograph

When it comes to cropping, and straightening our photographs in Camera Raw, we have a few different options. So far we've talked about how we can use the Crop and the Straighten Tools. Well here I want to highlight another technique that we can use, which involves using the Lens Corrections panel. Here I'll be working with three different photographs so we can really understand how these controls work. So go ahead and click on the lake image. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows and click on London and Eric as well. And then let's navigate to the File pull down menu and choose Open In Camera Raw.

Using Upright to level, or straighten, a photograph

When it comes to cropping, and straightening our photographs in Camera Raw, we have a few different options. So far we've talked about how we can use the Crop and the Straighten Tools. Well here I want to highlight another technique that we can use, which involves using the Lens Corrections panel. Here I'll be working with three different photographs so we can really understand how these controls work. So go ahead and click on the lake image. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows and click on London and Eric as well. And then let's navigate to the File pull down menu and choose Open In Camera Raw.

And let's begin with this photograph which we've already seen, lake.jpg. As I mentioned, we've already talked about how we can use the crop and the straighten tools. Another way that we can take care of this tilted horizon is by navigating to the Lens Corrections Panel. You'll find this panel over here on the right. And when you begin to work with this panel, you almost always want to start with the Profile Tab. When you're in the profile tab what you can do is click on the option to enable the lens profile corrections.

And camera raw will try to detect the camera and also the lens which was used to capture the photograph. And then it will make any needed perspective corrections. It also will ensure that our results will be much better when we get to the Manual tab. Which is where we're going next. If you find that as you turn this option on that it didn't automatically detect the correct camera or lens, you can always click on these pull-down menus in here, you can make selections, in order to make the appropriate profile selections for your particular image.

Alright well next, after selecting that option, navigate over to the Manual tab. Now on the manual tab we have lot of controls. These controls which we'll focus in on are grouped into two different areas, we have up right above, and then we have the transform controls below. Let's begin by working with the Transform Controls. These allow us to make manual perspective corrections to the image. One of them which is helpful for us with this image is the Rotate option. Here if we click and drag this you can see how we can rotate the image, and we can rotate that out. So, we can level out that horizon.

We can also bring this back to its default setting of zero in order to remove that. Another and perhaps quicker way to perform a similar adjustment is to work with Operate. Operate allows us to automatically apply really interesting perspective corrections to the image. One of them, right here the second button, allows us to level the image. If we click on that you will notice that it will then level and correct the photograph based on how it's analyzing the different lines which we have here in the image.

Now we have a few other buttons which I'll talk about as well in a moment. But for now, let's just click on this one in order to level out this picture. Next, I want to highlight how we can work with a different photograph. This picture is London. Now with this picture, if we navigate to the Lens Corrections panel, if we go to Profile and enable the profile here, it doesn't detect the camera or lens. So I'll choose the camera. It was a Canon. And there it selected the correct lens for me. Next, I'll choose, Manual. Now here in manual, if we go to use our leveling option, it's just going to confuse Camera Raw a little bit.

It didn't quite, know how to correct this image. It did a decent job, but it leveled out, this area of the image here, and not the wall. It gave priority to the ferris wheel, but my wall is still a little bit tilted. So we can always correct that by using this Rotate Slider. Because actually what I want to level out is the wall here. So in this case with this photograph, we're able to achieve awesome results by using Upright and also the transform controls below. And the reason why I say this is awesome. It isn't hyperbole, is because remember when used the crop and straighten technique? Well we had to crop into a lot of the image and we lost some of our composition.

By navigating to Lens Corrections and by using leveling and also the rotation slider we were able to maintain more of our overall composition, but still make the same correction. So in this case, this option worked a little bit better. Alright well now that we've seen that on two different photographs, I actually think this is a pretty good breaking point. So let's go ahead and pause right here. Then in the next movie. I want to dig deeper into how we can work with these upright controls. And we'll work with our third image, which is Erik.dng.

So go ahead an keep that image open, as we'll continue to work on leveling and straightening our photographs with that image, in the next movie.

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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Examples and ideas for creating better composition
      7m 57s
    2. Why cropping matters
      4m 23s
    3. Finding pictures within pictures
      4m 23s
  3. 30m 48s
    1. Using the Crop tool to recompose in Camera Raw
      5m 53s
    2. Choosing a custom aspect ratio
      4m 49s
    3. Crop and straighten your photos quickly
      3m 30s
    4. Using Upright to level, or straighten, a photograph
      4m 36s
    5. Constraining the crop and using Upright to improve your photos
      3m 42s
    6. Crop and rotate for creative effect
      3m 6s
    7. Synchronize the crop across multiple files
      3m 51s
    8. Resetting or removing the crop
      1m 21s
  4. 51m 17s
    1. Cropping away distracting elements
      4m 43s
    2. Cropping and painting away distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Selecting and customizing the aspect ratio
      2m 6s
    4. Changing the crop orientation
      2m 10s
    5. Customizing the crop overlay
      3m 40s
    6. Using the crop overlay as a guide to improve composition
      5m 22s
    7. Straightening a photograph with the Crop tool shortcut
      3m 3s
    8. Working with lens corrections to straighten a photo
      4m 54s
    9. Using lens corrections and cropping for the best results
      3m 6s
    10. Crop and rotate for creative effect in Lightroom
      4m 16s
    11. Fixing a common issue when you crop and rotate
      4m 25s
    12. Crop, transform, and flip a photograph
      4m 34s
    13. Synchronize the crop across multiple files
      3m 21s
    14. Resetting or removing the crop
      1m 58s
  5. 43m 56s
    1. The most important crop setting
      3m 51s
    2. Resizing made simple with the Crop tool
      4m 26s
    3. Speeding up your workflow with crop presets
      1m 55s
    4. Creating your own custom crop presets
      3m 48s
    5. Straighten, level, and crop a photograph in one step
      3m 30s
    6. Crop and rotate for creative effect
      1m 59s
    7. Changing the crop overlay guides
      3m 53s
    8. Customizing the crop shield
      2m 29s
    9. Creating a crop from a selection
      3m 5s
    10. Cropping by creating a layer mask
      4m 17s
    11. Cropping to add canvas size
      3m 10s
    12. Using the Perspective Crop tool to fix distortion
      2m 53s
    13. Recomposing with Camera Raw
      4m 40s
  6. 36m 23s
    1. Crop away the clutter and clarify your voice
      7m 31s
    2. Finding pictures within pictures with a landscape
      2m 36s
    3. Finding the right crop in a fashion photograph
      2m 20s
    4. Adding balance to a photograph by cropping
      2m 15s
    5. Experimenting with different ways to crop
      3m 35s
    6. Cropping to reinforce a pattern
      2m 50s
    7. Rotating and filling the frame
      2m 24s
    8. Get close by cropping
      2m 50s
    9. Increasing the canvas size to place two images side by side
      3m 42s
    10. Creating a triptych from one photo
      6m 20s
  7. 1m 50s
    1. Resources to help you improve your composition
      1m 50s

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