Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing extreme distortion with the lens profile, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Intermediate.
In this chapter we're going to focus in on how we can take advantage of some powerful and helpful tools which allow us to correct common distortion and perspective issues which often happen in photography. We'll begin by working with this photograph here. This is a picture that I captured of a fascinating concert hall and I was using a wide angle lens. As a result, you can see there's some distortion. These columns, they aren't standing up straight. Let's take a look at how we can correct some of the distortion and issues that we have with this photograph, and let's do so by navigating to the Lens Correction panel.
You go ahead and click on the lens correction icon right here and start off with the Profile tab. Now if you're working with a RAW file, you're able to click on this button which enables a lens profile correction. And if ever you have this option you definitely want to do so because built into camera raw Is all of this information about different camera and lens combinations and when you turn that checkbox on, you can see that it's selecting or determining the type of camera that I use, the lens that I use and then therefore, it's applying a profile which corrects some common issues Which happened with that camera and lens combination.
Now if this option isn't turned on, perhaps if you're working on a JPEG or if you're camera isn't supported. That's okay, you can always skip over to the Manual Tab. Yet that being said, if this option ever is available, you definitely want to choose this option here by turning on that checkbox. Also, if it selects the wrong camera or the wrong lens you can always click on this pull down menu and select the correct option here as well. Next, down below we have a few options for the correction amount. Here we can remove some of the correction, some of the barrel distortion, as we drag this to the left you can see how it will bring back some or that, so we can increase this even further if we'd like. You can also do the same thing with the venuetting or the darkening effect which happen with this wider angle lens, which is common for that lens, if we drag this to the left notice how those edges are now darker.
Drag this to the right and we can brighten those up. And this way we can further customize that overall correction amount. Now after having started off with the Profile tab, next you want to navigate over to Manual. Here in Manual we have a number of different controls. We can work with Upright, we can manually transform different areas of the photograph. We can work with vignetting, and also down below we can turn on and off a grid which sometimes can help us to identify issues. Now, when I turn on the grid and I increase the size of the grid, we can clearly see that these columns right here are not standing upright. Well, in order to fix that distortion issue, let's begin by talking about upright.
Here I'll turn off the grid just so we can focus in on these controls right here. Now while these controls don't look very powerful, they are incredibly powerful. And sometimes these upright controls can just come in and save the day. Well we have four different options. The first option is a button which has the letter A on it. When you click on that it will apply an automatic correction. What this will do is automatically level out the photograph and apply a balanced perspective to your overall image. You can turn this off by clicking on this icon here.
Well what about these other three? Well these other three allow us to do different things. Click on this one an it will level out the photograph. Click on this icon an it will apply, vertical corrections. Notice how the vertical lines are now, much better. The last option allows us to crack horizontal, vertical, and perspective issues. Here we'll click on that icon and you can see how it can correct the image. Now you may be wondering well what's the difference between the automatic here and this one which applies a full correction here? Well, as you'll discover in this chapter, certain images will work better with automatic while others will work better with this option.
So what you'll want to do is just experiment with both. Well, now that we've been introduced to how we can select a profile. And how we can start to work with these upright controls. Next, what I want to talk about is how we can customize this further using some of these transform controls in the next movie.
- Correcting exposure
- Making selective adjustments with Auto Mask
- Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
- Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
- Removing Moiré patterns
- Creative color and effects with the Graduated Filter
- Improving exposure and adding blur with the Radial Filter
- Retouching skin
- Removing distracting background elements
- Working with the tone curve
- Removing color with HSL
- Split toning a color photo
- Removing extreme distortion with the Lens Profile
- Adding grain
- Creating and applying Camera Raw presets
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 7/10/2014. What changed?
A: We added videos covering the new Preview feature, introduced in Camera Raw 8.4, and duplicating Adjustment Brush settings. Chris also revised the chapters on the Graduated Filter and Radial Filter tools. Check out the "What's new?" movie for an overview of these changes and the other enhancements Adobe introduced in the 2014 update to Photoshop CC.
Q: This course was updated on 10/14/2014. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, which describe changes to the preview behavior in Photoshop CC 2014.1 and the new improved spot removal with feathering. New movies contain the "CC 2014.1" tag next to their names.