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