Straighten Up And Fly Right

After the photo walk last Saturday I had a late lunch with my friend Jon, and he reminded me of a Photoshop tool that I had seen demonstrated in a tutorial once, but never used and forgot about. In the crop tool in Photoshop, there is a small check box called “Perspective” that appears after you first draw a cropped box. If you click that, and align the lines on your crop box with lines on your image, the tool will straighten things out and make it look as if you shot it from straight on.

So the image above appears as if I shot it from straight on at level, even though I shot it from the ground and the cool retro phone number is about 2-3 stories high. Here is another example:

Here is how the same image looked straight from the camera:

It is very easy to use and quite powerful.


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  1. I like how in the second shot, the pattern is perfect until you get to the one triangle with a crack. That crack just catches the eye so well. Nicely captured.
    Chris Nitz recently posted..Beer Label Friday Week 40My Profile

  2. Terrific shots Mark and thank you…I didn’t realize that you can adjust perspective through the crop tool.

  3. Now that is an impressive tool! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Good post Mark

    It’s a great tool, especially when you are trying to straighten up a building. I use that and the Perscpective tool a lot. Maybe that’s because I can’t seem to take a straight picture 🙂

  5. Cool tool! Wasn’t aware of this one. I like that first shot!

  6. I’ll have to remember to use this puppy! I agree with Chris that the crack in the one triangle really catches your attention. Combine it with the split toning and it looks like a very old film slide. Nice Mark!
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