How to Straighten a Crooked Photo in Photoshop

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This tutorial is to help you learn how to straighten crooked photos.  Sometimes in a photo the horizon is just a bit off but is totally noticeable.  This technique can fix crooked subjects or horizons.  Ok, once you have your picture open in photoshop:

1. Go to Image>Rotate Canvas>Arbitrary.

2. Select the Angle (for this photo I used 6).  Select either clockwise or counterclockwise (for this photo I used counterclockwise).  You may need to try this a couple times in order to get the perfect angle.

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3. The photo will then look something like this on the left so you will have to crop it.  You may lose a little of the photo in order to create a rectangular photo.

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4. Select the Crop Tool and enter the dimensions that you would like to crop.

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5. Then in the photo crop as much as you can without ending up with the white.

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One Comment

  1. Karissa says:

    A better way to do this, and much easier is to using the ruler tool draw a line on something that should be straight. Then when you go rotate > arbitrary, it automatically sets the degrees you need to make the photo straight so you don’t waste your time trying a couple different degrees to get the right one!

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