Fix “Perspective Distortions” With The Automatic Upright Filter in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn to fix perspective distortions with Camera RAW’s Automatic upright feature to enhance your urban images!

Time needed: 2 minutes

The Transform tool in Camera RAW gives you lots of control over how you want to fix the perspective distortions of your photos to create greater compositions.

  1. Convert To Smart Object

    To fix perspective distortions, start the process by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Convert to Smart Object so you can work non-destructively.

    A Smart Object is a container that holds one or more layers that allows you to apply editable adjustments, distortions, filters, and transformations. 

  2. Apply The Camera Raw Filter

    Choose Filter > Camera Raw Filter.

    Click on the Geometry tab to open it or press the Shift T keys as a shortcut. Geometry Tool

  3. Manually Draw Perspective Guides

    Enable the Guided icon, then click-and-drag to draw a line, following a vertical or horizontal line along with the building.
      Transform Guides

  4. Automatic Upright in Adobe Camera Raw

    Instead of the manual adjustment, you can use the Automatic Upright by clicking on the A icon to straighten the perspective of your image automatically. 

    Then, press OK when you’re done to save the changes. 
    Automatic Upright

Edit Camera Raw Adjustments

The great thing about working with Smart Objects is that you can work nondestructively. In other words, you can always make changes and continue to fix perspective distortions!

To return to the Camera Raw Filter workspace, double-click on the Camera Raw Filter label under the Smart Object.

This technique simplifies your process of fixing perspective distortions and saves you a great amount of time.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to tag #PTCvids when you recreat this technique for your own photos!

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Compelling ! Thanks


Excellent tutorial. It even answered a question of how to use Adobe Camera Raw when transferring a file from Lightroom.


Thank you one of the best tips yet, and as usual you explained it simple and easy to use


Great tip…Enjoy your videos