While it is true that in some cases photos are intentionally tilted to make the composition more interesting – in most it is purely an accidental mistake. Unfortunately even a photo that is just slightly tilted can look unnatural as its balance will feel a bit off.
Ideally you should try to make sure your photos are level when you snap them. Turning on the grid in your camera and using it to keep the horizon level is a good way to do that, and a tripod stand may help as well.
If one of more of your existing photos are already tilted for any reason, your best option is to fix it using an editor. Practically any editor should have the tools you need, and you just need to know how to use them.
Simple Ways to Straighten Photos
Before you begin to straighten a photo, you should consider the line that you’re going to be actually leveling. In some photos it may be a very obvious line such as the horizon, but in orders it may not be as clear cut.
While it can be subjective, you should try to find a reference line that you feel could be straightened to make the photo more balanced. After you’ve done that, there are two tools you’ll need to actually straighten the photo:
- Rotate the photo to straighten the reference line, whether it is the horizon or some other line that you’ve decided to use. Some photos may only need to be rotated by a small angle, may need to be rotated more.
- Crop the photo to remove the edges near the frame that are empty because it has been rotated. Some editors may combine the crop and rotate tools into a single tool to level or straighten photos.
As you can see it is really very straightforward, and the only part that may be tricky is identifying the reference line in some photos.
Straightening Titled Photos in PhotoWorks
Learning how to straighten photos using PhotoWorks is actually easier than described above, as it will let you rotate and crop the photo at the same time. The rotation tool can be found in the Composition tab and under the Geometry section of its interface.
Before you start to rotate your photo in PhotoWorks you should tick the ‘Show grid’ box to display a grid that you can use as a reference. That should make it easier to straighten the photo by aligning the horizon or reference line with the grid.
On top of that you should also tick the ‘Constrain crop’ box so that PhotoWorks will remove the empty edges after the photo has been rotated. Once that is done all you need to do is adjust the ‘Rotation’ slider until your photo is completely level.
Rather than saving your photo immediately, you should make it a point to try out some of the other features in PhotoWorks. By familiarizing yourself with them you’ll be able to enhance the quality of images, touch them up, improve the frame and composition, apply artistic filters, and much more.
In short PhotoWorks will provide you with an easy way to edit your photos and make sure that they are quite literally picture perfect.