Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Auto-straightening, part of Up and Running with Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC.
- I think you'll be surprised at how simple it is to straighten a crooked photo in this version of Lightroom. Here I have a photo where the horizon line is slightly crooked. First, I'll give myself more room to work by pressing "F6" on my keyboard which is a shortcut for hiding the filmstrip. Then, I'll select the Crop tool in the tool strip, either by clicking on it or pressing "r" on the keyboard. In the Crop & Straighten panel, all I'm going to do is go over to the Auto button and click on the Auto button. Keep your eye on the photo as I do this, and in just a second the photo has been rotated so that the horizon line is straight.
The Auto Straighten button is just applying the Level command from the upright feature in the lens correction panel, without having to go down to the lens correction panel. Now, if I'm happy with this result all I have to do is press the Enter key on the keyboard. But, I want to show you what you can do if you happen to get a less satisfactory result on a particular image. There are other options in the Crop & Straighten panel for straigtening a photo. So, I'm going to reset the straightening that we just did by clicking the Reset button at the bottom of the Crop & Straighten panel.
Now, I have two choices, I could just move into the image and drag with the curved arrow that I see whenever I hover outside the bounding box. To help me with that, I'm going to go down to the Tool Overlay field first in the tool bar, and change that back to Always. And then, I'm going to press the "o" key on my keyboard to change my Tool Overlay to this grid. Now, I can use the horizontal lines on the grid to try to line up the horizon. So, as I said, I'll move my cursor outside the bounding box till I see a curved arrow on my cursor, and then I'll drag manually and try to line things up.
And that's a pretty good job right there. But, if that's difficult, there's another feature in the Crop & Straighten panel a semi-automatic feature that you can use. So, let's reset this straightening one more time by clicking the reset button at the bottom of the Crop & Straighten panel. And this time, I'm going to use the Angle tool here in the Crop & Straighten panel. I'll click on it to select it, and then I'll move into the image and I'm going to click on the crooked horizon line, hold my mouse down and drag over just a bit to another part of the horizon, and release my mouse.
So, what you're trying to do there is to select part of the content that you would like to have straight. And, as you can see, the horizon line now lines up pretty well with the horizontal lines in the grid. But the very fastest way to do this in most cases, is by just clicking the Auto button in the Crop & Straighten panel. And, when I'm happy with the result I'll press return on the keyboard, and there's my straightened photo.
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- Importing photos from multiple sources
- Organizing photos in the Library module
- Reviewing and rating photos
- Creating collections
- Tagging faces
- Making basic corrections in the Develop module
- Making local photo edits with the adjustment tools
- Stitching together panoramas
- Fixing perspective
- Converting to black and white
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