Correct Perspective Distortions In Lightroom Classic Using Upright Modes

Correct Perspective Distortions In Lightroom Classic

One of the problems in photographs with horizontal or vertical lines or geometrical shapes is that lines appear to be tilted or skewed. Photoshop Lightroom Classic offers Transform panel with Upright perspective correction options to fix this type of distortions.

In this tutorial, I will explain to you the basics on how to use Upright perspective corrections in Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 2015.6 and later.

How to use Upright modes

You must be in the Develop module in order to access and use Upright modes. There are a couple of available options and ways to correct perspective distortions. You can use automated options, semi-automated to draw guides on the photo or to manually adjust/fine tune perspective corrections.

Before using perspective corrections it is strongly recommended to apply/enable lens correction from the Lens Correction panel.

Navigate to Transform panel then click on one of six buttons which represent available Upright options:

  • Off - means no perspective corrections.
  • Auto - will correct vertical and horizontal distortions while preserving the original image as much as possible.
  • Guided - requires you to draw two or more guides on the image. This is my favorite option.
  • Level - corrects horizontal distortions.
  • Vertical - corrects vertical distortions.
  • Full - a combination of Level, Vertical and Auto perspective corrections.
  • There is and the Update button in the top right corner. Use this button if you have changed lens correction settings while playing with Upright options.
Guided Upright perspective correction in Lightroom Classic
Guided Upright perspective correction which requires you to draw two or more guides. The process is following:
  • Click on Guided button in the Transform panel.
  • Click on image and drag to draw guide.
  • Click on image and drag to draw second guide.
  • When you release button after drawing second guide Lightroom will perform perspective correction.

Manual transform options

Manual transform options in the Transform panel to fine tune perspective correction
Use sliders at the bottom of Transform panel to fine tune perspective corrections done using Upright modes.

At the bottom of the Transform panel, you have manual options with sliders. There are a total of 7 sliders to help you to fine tune perspective corrections. All sliders are self-explanatory and here is the list:

  • Vertical is allowing you to play with vertical transformation.
  • Horizontal is allowing you to play with horizontal transformation.
  • Rotate slider will help you to rotate the photo to the left/right.
  • Aspect slider is not recommended to use unless you really know what are you doing. This slider will change the original aspect ratio what can cause distortions.
  • Scale slider is allowing you to downscale/upscale photo. This can be useful because white edges may appear around your photo while using manual controls.
  • X Offset is allowing you to offset image on X-axis. This slider can be sometimes useful including the situation when using Scale slider.
  • Y Offset is allowing you to offset image on the Y-axis. This slider can be sometimes useful including the situation when using Scale slider.
  • Constrain Crop is a useful option to instruct Lightroom to prevent white edges around your photo due to the use of manual controls. Check this option and Lightroom will automatically crop photo according to original ratio.
To reset any value just double click on slider or double click on the name or correction like Vertical.
Reset slider value in Transform panel in Lightroom Classic
To reset slider value just double click on slider or slider name.

Product used in this tutorial:
Photoshop Lightroom Classic 8.3.1

Reference:
Correct distorted perspective in photos using Upright

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