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Task: Fix Perspective

1.
The first step is to correct the perspective so all the columns are pointing the same way. Zoom out, as I have, so you will have some elbow room. Select the entire picture, and then select Image, Transform, Perspective. You’ll be asked whether you want to convert the layer; you do, so click OK twice. When the bounding box appears, drag a lower corner inward until the columns are more or less parallel. See Figure 10.13.

Figure 10.13. When I drag one corner, the opposite one moves with it.


2.
Then, simply switch to Free Transform by choosing Image, Transform, Free Transform, and rotate it until it’s vertical. You’ll have some corners showing, as in Figure 10.14.

Figure 10.14. When you rotate a picture, blank corners are almost inevitable.


3.
Either crop them out or do as I did, and fill them in with the Clone Stamp tool (a tool that copies surrounding pixels to fill in gaps—you’ll learn to use it in Hour 11). Figure 10.15 shows the final, much-improved version.

Figure 10.15. Special cameras made for shooting architecture let you make these corrections when you take the picture by tilting the film. This is easier.



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