Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Alter a photo's perspective

Correct distorted horizontal or vertical perspectives in photos with the Upright feature in Lightroom. (Try it, 2 min)

What you'll need

Get photo A photo of your own, or download our sample.

What you'll learn

How to correct a photo that has a distorted vertical or horizontal perspective with the Lens Corrections options in the Upright feature in Lightroom.

Step 1 of 7

Import a photo into Lightroom

In Lightroom, go to File > Import Photos and Video, or press the Import button in the Library module.

Hint: If you're using your own photo, select one with plenty of horizontal or vertical lines to try out this feature. Try using images of architecture, interior settings, or horizons.

Step 2 of 7

Import a photo into Lightroom (continued)

Browse to find your photo or the sample photo provided using the Source panel to the left of your workspace. Check the box at the top-left corner of the photo thumbnail to select it for import. Press the Import button at the bottom right corner of your workspace.

Step 3 of 7

Locate the Lens Corrections panel

Click the Develop tab at the top of your workspace. Locate the Lens Corrections panel and expand it by clicking the arrow.

In this sample photo, do you see distortion? It was taken from a low angle. We can correct the distorted perspective and level the image.

Step 4 of 7

Correct your photo's perspective

Notice the Upright options you can use to correct the perspective of the photo:

  • Level corrects horizontal distortions.
  • Vertical corrects vertical distortions.
  • Auto corrects both vertical and horizontal distortions while balancing the overall image, and preserving as much of the original image as possible.
  • Full also corrects both vertical and horizontal distortions. Unlike Auto, the Full option corrects the most extreme distortions, which sometimes results in Lightroom cropping off parts of the image.

For the sample photo, the Full option gives us the best result. Experiment with different Upright options to find the correction that best suits your photo. You can use the Reset button at any time to return to your original photo.

Step 5 of 7

Additional options

When correcting the persepective of a photo, you may get white areas where the correction shifts the image beyond the boundary of the original image dimensions. In Step 4, this is what happened after correcting the distortion.

To prevent this, select the Constrain Crop option to automatically crop the photo according to the original dimensions.

Step 6 of 7

Manual perspective correction

In addition to the auto correction options, you can also manually adjust the perspective of a photo. Click the Manual tab in the Lens Corrections panel. Use the sliders to fine-tune the perspective corrections.

For the sample photo, slightly adjust the vertical distortion of the image by dragging the Vertical slider to -2.

 

Step 7 of 7

Experiment!

Here you can see the original photo (left) compared to the photo with corrected perspective  (right). 

Try correcting the distortion in your other photos. Perspective correction works best with photos that have many horizontal or vertical lines. Experiment with other subjects like panoramas, still-lifes, or photos taken from extreme angles. 

When you're finished, export your photo by going to File > Export.

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