I learned something today. A few days ago, Brenda, one of my fellow students in Kat Sloma’s great Find Your Eye e-courses, wrote a blog post about correcting perspective distortion using Photoshop. I commented on my disappointment when I realized she was using Photoshop features that my Photoshop Elements doesn’t have.
This morning she replied with a link to a simple online tutorial explaining how to do the same thing in Elements. So I tried it.
Now, I’ve been a pretty sophisticated and advanced user of word processing software for longer than I care to think about. But when it comes to image processing, I’m like those people who line up text using the space bar because they don’t know how to set tabs. This morning’s experience sure proved that. I need to spend some time with a good instruction book and my PS Elements and get to know it a whole lot better.
Guess what? Photoshop Elements has a grid that can be superimposed over my photo while I’m editing it, to help with lining things up vertically and/or horizontally. Did you know that? I didn’t know that. How could I have not known something so basic?
Anyway, here are the results of a couple of experiments using the grid and PSE’s Image-Transform-Distort function.
So, what do you think? Does correcting the perspective improve the pictures?
I really had fun playing around with this. And that grid thing? Totally awesome! There’s even a keyboard shortcut to toggle it on and off.