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Using Upright In Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw

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Often when we take images of structures we get this effect that makes it look like it’s falling backwards. In Lightroom 5 and later and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 8 and later there’s some settings that can really help.

For this explanation I’ll take a look at the settings in Lightroom CC, its exactly the same in ACR however.

This image is a good example of what can happen. If you’d like to follow along this is 64917240 – Modern Dining Room Interior by det-anan sunonethong.

Lightroom Develop Module

Lightroom has several Modules and the Upright function can be found in the Develop Module under Lens Correction.


If you don’t have Lens Correction in the Develop Module, right click and choose it from the pop-up menu. You can use the same method to hide any parts you don’t use.


‘Twirl open’ the panel if you need to by clicking on the triangle next to Lens Correction


Lens Correction

Under the three check boxes are five buttons that will straighten and level the image. By default the Off button is selected.


The Level correction will analyse the image and attempt to find any horizontal features. Lightroom doesn’t know that the image is a modern dining room, but it does recognise that there are some angles it can use.


In this image the difference is very slight


This works the in the same way as the Level setting, in this case Lightroom is looking for anything it thinks should be vertical.


This time the results are a little more favourable.

fotolia_Lightroom_lens_correction_06Although the image is now straight on its vertical axis it has had to be skewed a little, this results in empty pixels. Lightroom, by default, will resize the image to crop these out.

In this example you can see that although the window is vertically straight I’ve lost the top of the image a little.


This skewing becomes more apparent when I I invoke the Full Upright. In this case Lightroom does it’s best to correct both the horizontal and vertical perspectives.


You can see here that no cropping has taken place.


Like Full, Auto will analyse the image and correct the image. In this mode however Lightroom will correct perspective in a more balanced way and fill the image.


Although at first glance this may not look like it has been corrected, take a look at the verticals on either side of the image.

Choosing the Right Upright

In this image the verticals are the the best reference as the vertical should be at a slight angle, hence the odd look to the Full Upright above.

In this image, Full works better than Auto;


But in the following image something very odd happens in Full but works great in Vertical.


I guess what I’m saying is, if you want to correct the perspective of your images, try all the Upright buttons and see which one suite the image, and your needs best.

Upright In Adobe Camera Raw

You can do exactly the same thing in Adobe camera Raw when you open the image or from Photoshop as a Smart Filter. You’ll find it in the Lens Correction Tab under the Manual Tab.

fotolia_Lightroom_lens_correction_12This time the different settings are represented by icons, but the software engine is identical to that in Lightroom.

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on Using Upright In Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw

  1. it’s a very authentic post and very informative. It will help me.

  2. Great post! Some top tips on this one! Love it!

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