Straightening a Picture?

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  1. RebelTasha

    RebelTasha TPF Noob!

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    I have this picture, I didnt' think it was straight so I straightened it.
    I didn't really know what to go off so I went off the grass line where the bushes start..
    Now I think it looks worse...
    Is it straight? Is it not straight? What should I use as my focal straightening point?
    Thanks...
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    i use the ruler tool in photoshop. i draw a line across something that I know should be straight (like across one of those windows)

    then I go to rotate pic->arbitrary
     
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    maybe you could draw the line across the grass line too.
     
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    What editing program are you using? I also suggest straightening it along the grass line
     
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    For straightening only I use Photoscape it's freeware.. hmmm
     
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    It's still a little off. For this pic, look at the vertical line of the smokestack or tower in the middle of the image, or the horizontal roofline. I prefer to use vertical lines for straightening if there are any in the image since stuff like trees, telephone poles are generally straight. If my image is all horizontal, I just find something that I know is straight and use a ruler in photoshop.. hmm.. what morganleigh said.. heh..

    I wouldn't really use the grass as a guide since it could be a hill, and seems to be in this case.
     
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    Ok I will give this a try, I know about horizons especially on some beach shots then I looked at this and I just couldnt' figure out what to do with it..
    Thankyou all for your help :)
     
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    Agree with bhop, generally vertical trumps horizontal, except when water's involved.
     
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    I'm still new at this, so take it as you will. But anytime I need to straighten a photo I go with bhop's idea. If there is a building in the photo, you know that when they build the building it should be what they call square. Meaning the top and side of the building should be vertical and horizontal perfectly straight. Like bhop said trees, grass lines, power poles, any of these things can be off. So I generally look for something that is pretty much mandatory it be straight.
     
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    Buildings are good, to a point. Don't forget that depending on perspective, a building or other structure may not need to be flat to appear square in the image. Water horizons are almost always going to be flat, and things like telephone poles are narrow enough that they are little effected by perspective.
     

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