How to take photos with a straight horizon

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No matter what type of photography you create, nothing screams “snapshot” more than an off-kilter horizon. This is especially true for landscape images where sloping horizons, even if just a few degrees off, distract from all your painstaking composition and patience for the right light. Unless your viewers can tell that you’ve shot at an extreme angle on purpose, the horizons in your images need to be horizontal.

How to take photos with a straight horizon

An off-kilter horizon, not a pretty sight.

If you weren’t able to get your horizon straight in camera, when you shot (because the ferry chain jerked big time right as I clicked the shutter in this shot!) you can relax – there is an easy ,and accurate way to do this in Photoshop.

The One-click Tool for Straightening the Horizon

The Photoshop Toolbox palette is a wondrous and often confusing place. Just like your old grandpa’s toolbox, it contains many mysterious things, many that rarely get used. But let me introduce you to the simple Ruler Tool. What would a tool box be after all, without a ruler?

The Ruler is “conveniently” hidden in the Eyedropper fly-out menu in the Tool Box Palette.

How to take photos with a straight horizon How to take photos with a straight horizon

Now let’s see how easy this horizon straightening job is with the right tool. With your image open, and the Ruler Tool selected, drag the ruler along the crooked horizon.

How to take photos with a straight horizon

No go to the Image>Image Rotation menu and select Arbitrary. Accept the default angle and hit OK.

How to take photos with a straight horizon

You’ll see your horizon is now straight. All you need to do now is crop.

How to take photos with a straight horizon

Here’s a short video of this in action so you can see how quick and easy it is:

Have you got any other super quick methods?

Sometimes you need to correct an image’s angle or perspective, or simply rotate the image or flip it. This can be done in no time with Fotor’s Photo Straightener and Photo Rotator. Just a few simple clicks all it takes to straighten and rotate your photo online to fix any errors that happened when the camera was in play and keep your shot stunning.

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Straighten photos like a pro

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use Photoshop to straighten your images professionally because Fotor’s online photo straightener can help you right your photo angles. Just click the Straighten button, and mouse over to the picture and drag across while holding down the mouse button or your finger until the photo is straightened. You’ll be editing the photo like a pro and get straight photos in just a few clicks with Fotor.

Flip image with simple clicks

Finding symmetry within your image is one of the post’s unsung joys. Is there a way to speed up the process? With Fotor’s Photo Rotator, you can reverse your image to its natural orientation. Because it has a Flip option that flips your photos along their vertical and horizontal axes. Under flip are the corresponding buttons for each respective axis, allowing you to perfectly align your photos.

Free to rotate images

If you’ve got your budget on your mind, you can relax here because Fotor’s Photo Rotator is totally free to use and no signing up necessary. You have any restrictions on how many photos you can work on in a month. You also don’t need to clutter your desktop by downloading anything. All you need to do is upload your image and then click the rotate button, rotating image online. Then, you can save and share your finished image simply and easily.

How to take photos with a straight horizon

Features of Fotor’s Photo Straightener and Photo Rotator

Straighten and rotate your photos with ease! Sometimes a slight mistake in the photo angle can ruin a perfect shot. You can easily correct said mistake with Fotor’s Photo Rotator and Straightener. No matter if you’re correcting an angled shot or simply adding some perspective, Fotor’s Straightening Tool offers you a range of choices based on gradient lines and our exclusive design technology. You can also flip the photos vertically or horizontally by simply dragging your mouse or finger across the screen!