Use Lightroom CC or Photoshop CC to quickly straighten any image
There’s nothing that will ruin otherwise beautiful landscape photography more than crooked horizons. I mean, the horizon is supposed to be, well, horizontal. But it’s very difficult to ensure in-camera that this critical piece of the photography pie is served up correctly. Fortunately, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC offer a very quick, very easy fix.
And the steps are the same in both programs:
- Select the cropping tool
- Click on the small ruler (to the left of “Straighten” in Photoshop and left of “Angle” in the Lightroom panel)
- Click and hold down the mouse button on one side of the horizon and drag along the line to be straightened.
- Release the mouse button
- Watch the image rotate to straighten the horizon perfectly.
Of course, many other photos — architectural photography, for instance — also have lines that need to be straight. So you can use the same technique to quickly make straightening any image.
NOTE: As mentioned above, the image will rotate, so there will be some cropping.
It’s as close to a one-click fix as possible. Be sure and watch this vid to see just how easy it is.