Straighten A Crooked Photograph

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Learn how to straighten a crooked photograph.

 

Straighten A Crooked Photo

No one takes perfect photos (well not without a tripod anyway), and we all sometimes have photos that are crooked but yet capturing that once-in-a-lifetime moment shot. So what do you do? No worries, fortunately it only takes a few minutes to straighten them up in Photoshop.

Preparation:

The first step is to get your photograph ready in Photoshop. You can drag it into Photoshop or just go to File > Open > your photo.

Depending on what version your Photoshop is, there will be varying tutorials:


 

If you’re using Photoshop CS5 and above:

Step 1:

Click the Ruler tool, as shown in the example below.

 

Ruler tool

 

Step 2:

Using the Ruler tool, draw a line across the photograph which represents the original horizontal line. I’ll be using the river shore as the reference.

 

Straighten Crooked Photo

 

Once you have drawn the line, simply click Straighten at the Options bar and Photoshop automatically straightens the photo for you!

 

Straightened Photo


 

If you’re using Photoshop CS4 and below:

Step 1:

Click the Ruler tool, as shown in the example below.

 

Ruler tool

Step 2:

Using the Ruler tool, draw a line across the photograph which represents the original horizontal line. I’ll be using the river shore as the reference. Once you have drawn the line, take note of the angle of the line at the Options bar. Remember this number, you will need to input it later.

 

Straightened photo

Step 3:

Next, go to Menu bar: Image > Image Rotation > Arbitrary and input the angle degree, and select CW (clockwise).

 

Straighten Photo

Step 4:

The photograph would have been straightened, but you would see some patches of white (or any other color, depending on your background color palette, but it doesn’t matter really). Select the Crop tool.

 

Straighten Photo

 

Step 5:

Using the Crop tool, drag a box over the photograph. You will have to lose some ‘data’ at the sides, it is unavoidable. Of course we want to preserve as much of the photo if possible, so we will draw the box until all four sides touch the edges of the photograph, as shown in the example below.

 

Straighten Photo

 

Once you have drawn the box as shown above, simply hit Enter and your photograph will be cropped out and straightened!

 

Straightened Photo

 

 

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