Photoshop tutorial: Remove lens distortion in Photoshop using Camera Raw

Fix straight lines in photos quickly by applying lens correction through the Camera Raw filter.

Intro


Photoshop’s Lens Corrections tools takes away the pain of straightening the lines of your photos - correcting wonky horizons and/or fixing perspective distortions.

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They’re available through the Camera Raw Filter, which packages all of the transformations into one simple to use panel.

In this Photoshop tutorial, photographer Tigz Rice will show you how to access the Upright Tools as well as how to fine tune the results to get the very best out of your photography.

Step 1

STEP 1

Open your chosen image in Photoshop. Right-click on the background layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. This will allow you to make non-destructive changes to your image, including altering perspective.

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Step 2

STEP 2

Next, go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter… to bring up the Adobe Camera Raw window.

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Step 3

STEP 3

On the right hand side of the Camera Raw window, locate the Lens Corrections tab - which is the sixth icon along under the histogram. Then click on the Manual submenu.

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Step 4

STEP 4

n the Manual tab, you’ll find a series of buttons, including Auto, Horizontal, Vertical and Full. Usually Auto is pretty spot on, so try out this button first.

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Step 5

STEP 5

For fine-tuning, you can also use the sliders below to fine tune your correction. Here, I’ve applied a small amount of Distortion correction and a little bit of correction to the horizontal axis.

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Step 6

STEP 6

Once you're happy with your perspective, press OK and continue editing your image.

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As the perspective work was done as a non-destructive Smart Filter, if you need to go back and make any additional adjustments to your perspective, all you have to do is double click on the Camera Raw Filter in the Layer Panel.