Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting a tilted horizon, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training (2015).
- Another common problem that you might need to fix is a crooked horizon. Again, Camera Raw makes it easy. With the lantern selected, I'll click Open in Camera Raw and there are really three different ways I could do this. The first way is by selecting the Lens Correction Panel and under the Manual area with Upright, click on the third icon in order to level the image. Now it works fantastic in this image, but sometimes your image won't have a strong horizontal line. So I'll turn that off for a moment and show you another option.
First we'll wanna show our grid and then I'll use the Rotate option in order to rotate this so that it does have a nice, level, horizontal horizon. Alright, let me double click on that in order to reset it, then I'll return back to the Basic panel. Now the second way that I could straighten the horizon is by selecting the Straighten tool or by tapping the A key. You'll also notice in the Tool Tip it said I could double click in order to have Camera Raw try to straighten this automatically and it looks like it's doing a very good job.
I do have to tab Return or Enter in order to apply that transformation, but, in my opinion, it cut a little bit too much of the image off, it had to crop it, so I'm going to undo that by selecting Command-Z. If double clicking on the Straighten tool doesn't automatically straighten the image, you can also drag across the image and you'd wanna drag across that horizon, but before I do it, I'm gonna tap the Cap Locks key on. You can see when I toggle it on and off, it changes the icon to the precise cursor and this way it's going to help me just be a little bit more precise when I do drag out my line.
So again, when I tap Return or Enter, then Camera Raw will straighten the image. Alright, I'll use Command-Z to undo that and the third way that we could straighten this image is by using the crop tool. I'll click and drag out my crop marquee and then with my cursor positioned anywhere outside of the crop marquee but still over the image preview, I can click and drag and you'll notice it as soon as I have my mouse down, I get that nice grid overlay which can help me to align the grid there to know that I am going to get a straight image and one of the nice things about using the crop tool is I can change the aspect ratio back to normal so that I can crop this and make use of more of the original information in my image.
I'll tap Enter/Return in order to apply that crop and there you have it, three easy methods for straightening images non-destructively in Camera Raw.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective correction
- Removing chromatic aberration
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color cast with the White Balance tool
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Removing haze and adding clarity
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Emulating film grain
- Adding vignettes
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating corrections
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 06/21/2016. What changed?
A: We updated six tutorials to cover the June 2016 Camera Raw update, which includes a darker interface, new Transform tool, and Boundary Warp for panoramas. An overview of the changes is included in the "What's new?" video.