Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing Guided Upright for correcting distortion, part of Lightroom Classic CC 2015 New Features.
- [Voiceover] In the next few movies, I want to introduce you to a new feature which is available to those of you who are subscribers to the Creative Cloud. This new feature helps us improve the way that we correct distortion in our photographs. And in order to really understand how this feature works, we'll be working with a few different photographs, starting off with this one here. Here you can see I'm in the Develop module, and the way you begin to work with this feature is you start off by going to Lens Corrections. Here in Lens Corrections you want to begin by turning on Enable Profile Corrections.
This will apply a correction, which is based on your camera and lens combination, and we've had this before in Lightroom, it's just essential that you start off here because it applies those needed corrections, and then next, we're going to a new panel, which is called Transform. Now this new panel has some of the features we've seen previously. This is where we find all of our upright controls, but you'll notice that there are a few different things here. One of them is we now have a new feature which is called Guided. You can access that by clicking on either of these icons here, so let's go ahead and to that.
Here I'll click on guided and position my cursor over the image. Notice as I position over the image, it's showing me a loupe, which is a zoomed in view of the image. You can show or hide that by clicking on this icon right here. Next, you look for an area of an image where you feel there's some distortion like I'm noticing this column here is leaning to the right, so I'm going to click an drag a line across that area, and you want to follow the angle, which is incorrect. You can draw up to four lines, two vertical and two horizontal.
So here's my vertical line. I'll move to the other side of the image, click and drag a line over this area, and then let go, and you can see how it straightened that out. It's made this phenomenal correction without a lot of effort. Now if there is some horizontal distortion, you can click and drag across an area like right here, and then let go, and it will apply that correction as well. If you make a mistake, for example, let's say that you draw a line like this one and your angle isn't very good. What do you do? Well you have a couple options, that perhaps the easiest is just to click the delete or backspace key, and it will remove that so you can then click and drag to draw that again.
Alright, that's really our first introduction to this tool. There are some more things we need to learn, so let's jump to another image. Here I'll click on a second image that I want to work with, and this one is a photograph of this old door. You can see I have a lower perspective, so the door is kind of distorted. I want to correct that. So again, you go to Lens Corrections, turn on Enable Profile Corrections. That removes a little bit of the barrel distortion and also some of the vignetting and just gets the image in good shape. Next step, we go over here to Transform.
Again we're going to work with our Guided feature here. We can click on this icon or the button, either way, and I'll just click and drag a line out over this one, and perhaps working with a door like this is kind of easy to really see how this works 'cause you see that I'm going to level out these two things here, then I'll go ahead and work on the line above and also the one below, so I'm basically working through this. I'm drawing a box around this area. Now if we are to scale this, and kind of zoom out so you can see what's happening, it's really skewing and changing the image in order to make that correct.
Currently, one of the problems is that I can see all of this background, where there's just no pixels. If you turn on Constrained Crop, what it does is it constrains that to the cropped in area. Now the problem is that I'm not seeing the whole door. I don't want to see the roof, I just want a nice image of the door. That's where we have two new features which are called x and y offset. There are a few different ways to access these controls, but perhaps the easiest is just to move over one of the sliders and to drag this around, and what you can do is drag these here, and you can see I'm changing my y-offset, so I'm moving that up, and I can also drag this over to try to get, I don't know, a little bit better perspective there on where that door is positioned, and then maybe I'll bring it up perhaps a little bit higher, I know, something like that.
You can see that I really needed all of those controls together in order to make the corrections on this image. Now I know you aren't always going to be correcting doors like this, but I just found that because this door is such a defined shape, it really highlights how this particular feature works and gives us insight on how we can apply this to working with buildings or all sorts of different types of photographs as well. Alright, well before we wrap up this first movie, let me show you one more image, where the correction's a bit more subtle.
This is a photograph of the shop that I was just in where we have these books and these photographs on the wall. Again, we have a little bit of distortion. Do you see how the image is kind of leaning backwards or these lines are leaning in? To correct that, I want to use this feature here, but this time, I'm going to use the shortcut. When you're in the Transform panel, if you press shift t, think t for transform, it gives you access to the Guided controls right here. Next step, I'll go ahead and let's just leave Constrained Crop on, and I'll click and drag a line out over this area, and then I'll click and drag a line out over this area here.
It made a pretty nice correction, but what I want to do is move my x and y offset coordinates. As I mentioned, we can use the sliders, or if you want to be a really advanced user, you can use a shortcut keyboard combo. On a Mac, while you have access or while you're inside of this upright control here, you press command option. On Windows, that's control alt, and then can you see how I'm just dragging this around, and I'm moving those controls? It is so much easier. I know some people don't like shortcuts, but this is a shortcut you just gotta write down and use because I found these sliders, they actually don't work very well.
They're kind of awkward, but if you just press command option and click and drag, or Windows, control alt and click and drag, you can really move the image around and find just the right spot for how you want it to be, which in my case is right there, which now creates a nice photograph of these books and these photographs on the wall. Now once you've finished this, just click done and it will apply all of those adjustments to the image.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie, "Boundary Warp for better pano photos."
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover new localized masking, color masking on a landscape, luminance masking on a landscape, and localized masking.