How to Straighten Your Photos in Photoshop

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How to Straighten Your Photos in Photoshop

This quick video will teach you how to straighten a photo and even out your horizon line in Photoshop using the ruler tool.  Angles and tilts can be fun – but sometimes you just need to straighten out your photo. And now you can.

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  1. Ashley Larsen
    June 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm —

    Thank. Great tutorial, as always.

  2. June 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm —

    I’m new here, but just wanted to say, “Great Video!” Looks like I’ll be checking in quite a bit…love the quick and easy tutorials!


  3. June 2, 2009 at 9:10 am —

    GREAT tutorial Jodi.. these are always helpful!

  4. June 2, 2009 at 7:14 am —

    Thanks Jodi! Cool trick, cool trick!

  5. June 2, 2009 at 1:03 am —

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I tend to shoot at weird ‘arty’ angles, and often I’d be stuck with a pic I loved, but didn’t know how to straighten out! Now I do!

  6. June 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm —

    I ♥ the video tutorials! Keep em coming! 🙂

  7. June 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm —

    Here’s a better way to do this. Before you do the straighten, turn the background into a layer by ALT-double-click on the LOCK on the layer. This turns it from Background (Locked) into Layer 0. Then, when you straighten, you don’t get your background color as the newly-created area, but instead you get an increased canvas with the image as a rotated layer. Now you can apply layer styles (drop-shadow, etc.) and put a new layer underneath with whatever color (or gradient, or pattern, or whatever) as the background. Much more versatile, I find.

    You can also straighten when you crop by moving the mouse outside a corner where you get the “rotate” cursor, then left-click and drag left or right to rotate your crop itself. Note that this isn’t as precise as the ruler method, but works in a pinch.

  8. Kelly
    June 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm —

    Hooray for the ruler tool! I’ve been missing the straightening tool in PSE and have been just using the crop tool for horizon lines and cropping and rotating while eyeballing it.

  9. Bree
    June 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm —

    I was just trying to figure out how to do this! Thanks for the timely and informative video.

  10. June 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm —

    Thanks, Jodi! There was a tool in the sidebar for doing this in PSE, but when I switched to PS, I couldn’t figure out how to do it. So THANKS!! Very helpful;)

  11. June 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm —

    Great tip! I usually straighten and crop before sending it to Photoshop from ACR, but this is a great tool for the ones I shoot with the S5 and don’t have the option to process a RAW file. Thanks!

  12. June 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm —

    jodi-this is great! i actually was working on a photo yesterday & had gotten this tutorial from a forum, but needed to come & see you expanding your canvas tutorial because i didn’t have quite enough background for a good crop. i only wish my background didn’t include a brick wall because stetching those bricks was fairly noticeable! luckily, i didn’t have to go far to get the crop i needed.

    thanks again, i have your site listed on my blog & i subscribe by email. you always have the best tutorials & information out there!

  13. Sue
    June 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm —

    Thank you!

  14. June 1, 2009 at 11:54 am —

    This is great, much easier than I have been doing it! Thanks 🙂

  15. June 1, 2009 at 10:56 am —

    Awesome!!! That is such a big help!

  16. June 1, 2009 at 10:52 am —

    Julie – I did not have music on it – are you sure the music was not from some other site you were browsing?

    Glad this was helpful to everyone.

  17. June 1, 2009 at 10:46 am —

    thanks for sharing this. love it. although the music was kinda loud and i couldnt hear you speaking . , mabye im retarted and didnt see wher eto turn it down:) love your stuff!!

  18. June 1, 2009 at 10:11 am —

    U rock! Love this!!!

  19. June 1, 2009 at 9:33 am —

    That’s actually faster than the way I had been doing it…I had always used the Lens Correction filter, but it has a bunch of other distortion corrections that you don’t necessarily need if you want a basic tilt correction. Awesome!

  20. Katy G
    June 1, 2009 at 9:17 am —

    Great tip as always. Recently took pics that I need to use this for so it’s perfect timing!

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