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Correcting Distortion with the Lightroom Transform Tool
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Correcting Distortion with the Lightroom Transform Tool

We can’t always use the perfect lens in all situations. And even if you shoot with straight horizons, lens distortion (or even standing slightly off center) can make your image look askew.

I thought there was just one way to fix distortion. This is a game changer. Read "Correcting Distortion with the Lightroom Transform Tool"

One of my biggest pet peeves is crooked lines, but it’s almost unavoidable when you’re shooting quickly. Correcting lens distortion in Lightroom is easy enough, but it doesn’t always do the trick. This is where the transform tool comes into play.

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    01
    Correct Lens Distortion

    The first step in correcting distortion is making sure that Lightroom corrects it based on the lens you shot with. Make sure you toggle “enable profile corrections” under the Lens Correction panel.

    This step usually fixes a lot of the vignetting and a bit of distortion from shooting with a shorter lens. It works well in most situations, but you can take it one step further.

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    02
    Open Transform Panel

    The transform panel has a lot different options to help correct distortion, but I prefer using the “guided” transform tool.

    Then click on the guide tool in the top left corner of the panel.

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    03
    Add Guides

    You’ll need at least two guides to help straighten your image. I like to make two horizontal guides and sometimes add a vertical guide if it’s really distorted.

    You’ll instantly see a difference once Lightroom adjusts the image.

And a little compressed gif to show you the difference.

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2 Comments
  • Deann
    September 19, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    This looks really cool, and I recently upgraded LR from version 2. Now I have 6.12 but I don’t have that Guided button! Google search is telling me it came out a year ago. What am I missing? Is there a setting somewhere that I don’t have turned on? Thanks for your help!

    • September 21, 2017 at 3:42 AM

      I use CC, but I’ve heard that sometimes updates can be incomplete for both CC and LR6. It’s happened to me recently and I had to uninstall the app and reinstall with a direct download from Adobe for the update to work. Have you tried contacting the Adobe LR support team?

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