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Sometimes you don’t have time to check the horizon when you photographing. For a split second, you have to capture the moment and fix the horizon later. In this quick Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to straighten the horizon in Photoshop with the crop tool and ruler tool.

Tutorial details

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6
Estimated Completion Time: 2′ Minutes

Step 1 > Open the Image

Open the image you want to straighten the horizon.

straighten horizon in photoshop-

Step 2 > Use the Crop Tool

Press the Crop Tool (C) and on the top palette press the “Straighten” button.


Step 3 > Straighten the Horizon

Draw a small line above the horizon and Photoshop will automatically correct the image for you. Confirm or hit OK on your keyboard.

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2. Ruler Tool Technique

For older versions of Photoshop, the crop tool cannot straighten horizons. However, you can use the Ruler Tool. Open the image, press the Ruler Tool (I), draw the line the same as with the crop tool and press “Straighten Layer” on the top palette.

Final Image

Our image looks better. This technique works great when the horizon is visible in your image.

straighten horizon in photoshop