Lightroom 6.6 and Lightroom CC 2015.6 was were released this week. The post is focused on the new features that are now shipping with Lightroom CC 2015.6, which is the new Guided Upright tool.
I’ve found that working with the tool for my recent film scans is incredible (as well as for my digital work of course). The reason why i’ve focused this blog on traditional film, is that it’s quite challenging to get the images corrected without having to head over to Photoshop CC, especially when working with complex angles. Typically i will head to Photoshop CC and use the “Adaptive wide Angle filter”, but does cost me time when i have many images to process.
Let is take this image, of this old school scanned negative
As this Helter Skelter is quite tall, the angle of the photo was taken from below, therefore the converging verticals are to strong.
Selecting the “Auto” feature in the Transform panel, does’t fix the issue, just rotates the image.
So, on this occasion, i’m going to select the new “Guided Upright” tool, marked in red (Notice the tool has be taken from the left hand side of the Transform panel). Once the tool is moved over the image, a loupe will appear, this loupe will give you more precision when selecting the areas that need to be corrected.
in this case, i am going to use the sign on the Helter Skelter and drag two horizontal lines (using the top and bottom of the sign only), as well as two vertical lines on each of the sides. This should give me the right perspective.
To set this up, position the Loupe on the image and select the edges that will help control the perspective/converging verticals. Just click on the image and drag a guide out, in this case the verticals are added first (but there is no right and wrong way to do this). Also, adding one guide will do nothing, you will need the opposite to create the correction.
As you can see above, the result is very impressive. You will also notice, the “Constrain Crop” is turned on, this means that the crop will be applied automatically.
You can see below, when the “Constrain Crop” is turned off, in conjunction with the scale slider, you can re-scale the image in Lightroom. The other options here are the X offset and Y offset sliders, these are used to re-position the image, left/right and top/bottom.
If, once the edit is completed, it needs to be re-edited, then just re-click on the guided tool, and the correction can be altered.
This is a super addition to Lightroom within the Creative Cloud (including the Photography plan) and there are very many pictures that I am sure will benefit from this tool.