Don’t put your real estate images out there without first fixing your vertical lines and image distortion.

Real estate marketing is more reliant on visuals media, namely photos, than ever before. Buyers today do most of their research online, and they make snap judgments on a property based purely on the photographs. If you’re in the business of real estate photography or selling real estate, the quality of your photos is critically important.

How to Fix Verticals in Photoshop - Real Estate Photo Editing
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One of the most common errors that creep into real estate images is crooked verticals. These may seem subtle and insignificant but can be rather off-putting to a viewer. When looking at a photo with incorrect verticals, you feel like something is wrong but you’re not quite sure what it is. The good news is, it’s easy to fix!

How to Straighten Verticals in Photoshop

Let’s go through the steps by working on a photo where you’ve already done a basic edit. Nothing else needs to be done except a fix of the vertical lines.

  1. Open up the photo you want to work on in Lightroom.
  2. Click Develop.
  3. Open up the Lens Correction panel from the bottom right quadrant of your screen
  4. Click the Enable Profile Correction checkbox. When you do that, Lightroom will automatically detect the lens you used, and make corrections to the barrel distortion. (Remember, this only works with RAW images)
  5. The auto function normally does a great job, but if you feel that the image still needs more adjusting, click on the word ‘Manual’ and then make any adjustments on the distortion amount using the grid overlay for accuracy. (Decrease the amount to push the curve outward, and increase the amount to push it inwards).

    Once you’re happy with the Lens Correction, you can move on to the verticals by opening the Transform panel just below Lens Correction.
  6. In that panel you have Vertical, Horizontal and four other sliders that you can use to make adjustments to your verticals.
  7. Once you’re done, don’t forget to click the Constrain Crop button at the bottom in order to automatically crop out the white edges.

    That’s all it takes to fix the verticals in a real estate photo.

Take a look at this simple video demonstration of How to Straighten Verticals using Adobe’s Lightroom to get a clearer idea.

When to Straighten Verticals in Real Estate Photography

Sometimes you look at a building in a photograph and it’s obvious that it’s crooked. The building looks like it’s leaning to the left or to the right. At other times, you get an effect that is known as ‘converging verticals’, which makes it seem that buildings are leaning into the center of an image, due to the angle of the camera’s sensor relative to your subject.

Don’t ignore these situations and hope for the best. Make sure your verticals are perfect.

It’s easy to get complacent and think that this is not a big deal, but you’ll often be astonished at how much correct verticals improve the look of a property.

We hope that this has helped give you the confidence and steps to correct your own verticals in Lightroom. But, if editing is starting to take up too much of your time, we also recommend partnering with a professional real estate photo editing company.

Choosing the Best Photo Editing Services for Real Estate Photography

Real estate photography has become such an important part of the billion-dollar real estate industry. There are now companies that solely focus on real estate photo editing and work primarily with real estate photographers.

The best real estate photo editing companies typically have user-friendly interfaces, quick turnaround times, and teams of talented, young, tech-savvy digital artists who can transform an ordinary-looking photo into a marketing image that can sell a property.

PhotoUp is one of the best and fastest-growing real estate photo editing companies, but there are others out there as well. Each has its own specialty, so it’s worth looking at a few of the best editing companies, sending some test edits, and finding the company, quality, software, and customer support that works best for you.

Send us your images and our team will take care of straightening verticals on top of our other editing techniques (color correction, vibrance, sharpening, TV in TV screens, fire in fireplaces, sky replacements, etc.) that are included with every edit. Reach out to the team at PhotoUp today and receive some free credits to test out our editing service.