Photography Tutorial | How to Straighten a Photo in ACR

I love straight lines, but I’m a crooked shooter and find myself straightening photos all the time. I sometimes choose to straighten photos in Photoshop, but most often I straighten in ACR because I like to begin editing with a straightened photo.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to straighten a photo in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw)

Here’s the original photo:

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As you can see, there are strong lines in this photo but they are a bit crooked. I’m going to choose to make the vertical line of the patio door straight because it’s close to the center of the frame and draws the eye. Also, I think that straightening that line will make the horizontal line of the arm of the couch a bit straighter.

First, I’ll select the straighten tool in ACR. I’ll move the tool to a point on the line I want to straighten (I’m using the vertical line of the door frame), click and drag to a point on the opposite side of the line, and release the mouse. Now I have a dotted line along the line I’m going to straighten and there’s a box around my image. The crop tool is now automatically selected, so I can move the box to get the crop I want.

how to straighten a photo in ACR, straighten a photo in Adobe Camera RAW

Then I will hit “enter/return” to crop and straighten and that’s it. Easy peasy.

how to straighten a photo in ACR, straighten a photo in Adobe Camera RAW

That looks pretty good to me, but if it didn’t I’d just re-select the straighten tool, the box would come back and I could re-draw the line where I wanted it. I could also tweak the image again in Photoshop using either the crop tool or the ruler tool. But really, there’s hardly a need to do that when it’s so easy to just straighten the photo in ACR.

Here’s my final edit after straightening in ACR and doing final edits in Photoshop.

how to straighten a photo in ACR, straighten a photo in Adobe Camera RAW

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