In today’s Lightroom Thursday video, we look at how to fix those pesky perspective problems in Lightroom from the Transform panel. Transcript is below.
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Perspective problems occur when an image comes out tilted or skewed. This is especially common in architectural images or photographs containing vertical lines. The Upright feature under the Transform panel can help fix those images with horizontal or vertical perspective distortion.
Now let’s click the word Transform in the right pane to expand the Transform panel.
As you can see, there are five Upright options available:
- Auto – Corrects both horizontal and vertical distortion. This setting tries to preserve as much of the original image as possible and often, provides the effect you’re looking for.
- Guided – You draw two or more lines (guides) on your photo along something that should be straight to customize the correction.
- Level – fixes horizontal distortion.
- Vertical – fixes vertical distortion (though it can sometimes create a stretching effect).
- Full – Combination of Level, Vertical, and Auto corrections. This can sometimes create strange results as it’s trying to correct everything.
So let’s play around with this a bit. So let’s click the “Auto” option here. So under the Upright area, I’ll the Auto button as shown below. Notice that it fixed the leveling of the image but we ended up with some white areas around the edges.
Now if you have white areas on your image after a perspective change, you want to click the Constrain Crop checkbox here. This crops the image down to those white areas that were left over after a perspective adjustment. So as we can see, it cropped out those white areas of the image.
Okay, so let’s let’s look at some of these other options. So I’m gonna click the Reset button here to return to the original state of the image.
So now under the Upright area, let’s click the Level button. This levels out the image. And again, we see the white areas around the image, which we can fix using the Constrain Crop.
Let me Reset this again.
Let’s take a look at the “Full” option. This does a pretty good job. It corrects the perspective using a Combination of Level, Vertical and Auto corrections.
Now for more manual adjustments, we can always drag the sliders under the Transform area , area, which is down here, until the perspective in the image is the image is the way you want.
So for instance, I could drag the X Offset slider a little bit to the left or right…to move the image over a bit. So I’m going to drag this…maybe to about….4 or so. Press Return or Enter. As we can see, this moves the building to the right. But there is some white area around the image.
So I’ll click the Constrain Crop checkbox.
So again, you can play around with the offsets, the scales, the aspects…you can even..uh…you can even rotate the object if you like.
So if you want more of a granular control over your perspective changes, you can work with these sliders here under the Transform area. So I think that
So that about does it. I’m going to tap the Enter key on my keyboard to confirm the changes.
So let’s take a look at Before, After, Before, After.
So um, quite a change. And that is how to fix perspective problems in Lightroom.
That about does it for fixing perspective problems. You’ll definitely want to play around with these settings a bit.
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