Learn how to crop, straighten, and use Upright to adjust perspective in Lightroom CC.

Crop a photo

Use the Crop tool to crop a photo in Lightroom CC.

 

What you learned: Work with the Crop tool 

  1. With a photo selected, click the Crop tool in the column on the right. The Crop panel opens, and a crop box appears around the photo.
  2. Drag any edge of the crop box to adjust the size of the box. All four edges move together and the crop box maintains its proportions if the Lock icon in the Crop panel is closed. To drag the edges of the Crop box independently for a custom crop, click the Lock icon to set it to unlocked.
  3. To crop to a common aspect ratio, such as 1 x 1 for a square crop, click the Aspect menu and choose a preset aspect ratio.
  4. Click inside the crop box and drag to position the photo in the crop box. Press Enter or Return to finish the crop.

Like all edits, you can re-adjust a crop at any time. Click the Aspect menu and choose Original to reset a crop. 

 

Straighten a crooked photo

Use the Crop tool to straighten a photo in Lightroom CC.

 

What you learned: Straighten a photo 

  1. With a photo selected, click the Crop tool in the column on the right.
  2. In the crop panel, click the Auto button above the Straighten slider. Lightroom CC automatically rotates the photo in the crop box to try to straighten horizontal or vertical content. 

To straighten a photo manually or to fine-tune the results of Auto straighten, drag the Straighten slider left or right, using the grid lines that appear as guides.

Adjust perspective with upright

Use the Upright controls in the Geometry panel to adjust perspective in Lightroom CC.

 

What you learned: Use Upright options to adjust perspective 

  • Use the Upright controls in the Geometry panel to adjust perspective in a photo.
  • With a photo selected, click the Edit icon in the column on the right. Open the Geometry panel in the column of editing controls.
  • Click through the automatic options in the Upright menu–Auto, Level, Vertical, and Full–until you get a result you like. To remove an upright adjustment, choose Off in the Upright menu.
  • For more control of an upright adjustment, choose Guided from the Upright menu. Click and drag along an edge in the scene that you think should be horizontal or vertical to add an upright guide. Repeat along another horizontal or vertical edge to adjust the perspective in the photo. You can continue to add up to four guides to fine-tune perspective.
  • If an upright adjustment creates blank edges around a photo, click Constrain Crop in the Geometry panel or use the Crop tool to crop away those edges.

 

Back to: Adjust light and color | Up next: Make selective edits

 

05/11/2018

Photographer: Jillian Lukiwski

Photographer: Pablo Alarcon

Photographer: Adrien Radford

Presenter: Jan Kabili

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