Crooked, crooked, pale? This is how you creatively upgrade photos of buildings

A little distance from the object or a good wide-angle lens ensure that large buildings can be photographed as a whole. Nevertheless, distortions occur, such as shifted horizons or curved lines. In Photoshop, you can easily iron out these bugs and make some more tweaks. Camera RAW and Adobe Lightroom also offer us solutions.


Tip # 1: Lens Correction in Camera RAW

You can open RAW files and of course JPEGs in Adobe Camera RAW. After the start, you change to the palettelens corrections, In current Photoshop CC versions you can also find your way overFilters> Camera RAW Filterchoose.

Trevi Fountain, # 172449233, SoWhat

Activate the tabManuallyand tryUprightone of the buttons likebalanced perspective correction, Only horizontal correctionorOnly vertical correctionout. If this correction is not quite correct, correct the distortion further by hand. Use the offered controllers undertransform, The regulatorVerticalfor example, it can ensure that falling lines straighten up. Move the slider until the lines are straight.


Alternative: Lens correction in Adobe Lightroom

Also in Lightroom we have useful tools to counteract distortions. The picture is selected and overDevelopprepared for editing. On the right side is now the palettelens correctionscalled.

Add a check markActivate profile correctionsand click on Uprightautomobile, Also try the buttons Layer, Vertical and Full. Change to the entryprofileand give the brand and model of your camera.


If the correction has not yet been implemented to your satisfaction, then you switch toManuallyand move the controller there firstVertical, Then use the controlsHorizontaltoaspect ratioand activateCut blankso that the unwanted white edge is immediately cut away. overdetailsdo you increase the sharpness and use the noise reduction.


Another alternative: lens correction in Photoshop

In Photoshop you go directlyFilter> Lens Correctionto compensate for distortions. Change to the ridercustomand first play with the controllerRemove distortionswhich refers to barrel distortions. Cornering lines you correct over the controlsVertical perspectiveandHorizontal perspective, It is helpful here, at the bottom of the left sideShow gridto activate.


Tip # 2: Align Horizon

If the horizon is clearly visible, such as by the sea, you will notice immediately if the photographer has held his camera slightly wrong when shooting. The horizon should be straight. With theruler toolcould you also move it later (the tool hides behind the pipette). Click on the horizon on the left side, hold down the mouse button and draw a line to the right side, always along the horizon. Then click the button at the top of the options barAlign the plane straight, The image is automatically aligned and free.

black wooden church, # 154642274, FCG

Tip # 3: Perspective stamping

You know the copying stamp for copying picture elements. When it comes to perspectives, it quickly reaches its limits. The solution is the Perspective copy-stamp, which hides something. pressuresCtrl + Jto copy the layer. Then go to the menuFilter> Vanishing Point, For perspective retouching, this must first be defined. Click along the “lines of flight” in the document and use it to open the blue grid.


Activate thestampand determine with depressedAlt keyand a click into the document the source to copy. Then paint (without the Alt key) over the picture element you want to cover. Photoshop automatically adjusts the perspective. So this little dove could be quickly retouched here. The course of the paving stones is retained.

Pantheon, # 176443106, Phant

Tip # 4: Control shadows and lights

The perspective is consistent, as well as the horizon and even unwanted objects have already been covered and retouched away – and yet the photo is not yet quite consistent. It lacks the final touch. Click on itFilters> Camera RAW Filterand use the controls Depths, Lights, White and Black to compensate for under- and over-exposure and especially to control the shadows in detail.


Increase the general contrast and the sliderclaritythe micro contrasts. For me, the photo is still too greenish, which is why the rangeHSL / Grayscaleoffers, via the tabs Hue, Saturation and Luminance, the color range of green tones specifically addressed. Also the yellow tones were adjusted here.

Beautiful Edinburgh, # 112513559, Shaiith

(This post first appeared in June 2014 and has been kept up-to-date ever since. The last update was in April 2014.)