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Old 04-28-2008, 11:40 AM
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Straighten image help

Hey everyone,

I took this photo and am having issues fixing it. How would you guys manage this photo? I am driving myself crazy with the two white lines. No matter what I do it still gives the illusion of not being straight or centered.

I'm not too worried about the colors - I will take care of all that..

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:52 AM
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Re: Straighten image help

I would make a selection of the left line in the photograph.
Make a new layer of it.
Flip it and position it over the right side line.
Then I would make a selection of the lower section.
Make a new layer of it and rotate it to level it out, then use a layer mask to clean it up.
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:21 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

Hi chadwho1ders,
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking to do.
Ray
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:29 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

Used the ruler tool (nested with eyedropper) to make the central column vertical, then cropped to get the two borders more or less even. Looks like you were standing a smidge to left of center in the grass strip, so the borders won't be truly symmetrical without the transplant that sonny7 suggests. Another of your problems is the column isn't exactly perpendicular with the roof line, at least in the image. Tinkering with edit>transform>distort might help. Or a carefully executed perspective crop.

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Old 04-28-2008, 12:30 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

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Hi chadwho1ders,
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking to do.
Ray
Sort of - I am looking for a way to make the photo look right. I'd like to get the two lines angled at the same degree rather than have one longer than the other and going in at a different angle. Right now it just looks funny..
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:32 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

That's not an illusion. It's neither straight nor centered. Image>rotate canvas>arbitrary>2.12 deg. CCW will straighten it. If you'd taken a step or so to the right it would have been centered.

If you straighten it, do some skillful cloning at the edges and then use sonny's method, you should be ok.

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Old 04-28-2008, 12:50 PM
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After making the suggestion, I had to try out a perspective crop. Used the roofline, column center, and hedge top to define the target rectangle. Might have worked even better if I'd used the column center to define a left rectangle edge too. As it was, only three sides got pinned down.

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Old 04-28-2008, 04:29 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

I did rotate the photo CCW slightly. I used the grid in photoshop to help align the center of the photo. To center the column I used the move tool. I then used the warp, perspective and crip tools to place the lines at the bottom corners of the photo.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:53 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

I used the Edit=>Transform=>Skew to straighten the building and copied and flipped the left white sideline. Then used a soft eraser on the edges of the copied part to blend.
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Old 04-28-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: Straighten image help

I appreciate everyones thoughts and suggestions..this has definitly been a difficult photo to work with. With there being more than one issue. The centering and the angle the lines which create somewhat of an illusion.

I ended up rotating the entire image first. Then I went ahead and put grid lines in throughout the image to see where things line up. I copied the left side, flipped it, and moved it over to the right. Using a layer mask to clean up the bushes a bit. Here is my latest attempt at it:
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