Are you looking to develop your real estate photo editing skills and want to learn how to fix verticals in Photoshop?

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

Why is that, you may ask?

That’s because real estate marketing is more reliant on visual 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.

So, if you’re in the business of real estate photography or selling real estate, the quality of your photos is critically important.

In this post, we’ll help you develop your real estate photo editing skills by showing you how to fix verticals in Photoshop.

Crooked Verticals: A Common Error

How to Fix Verticals in Photoshop - Real Estate Photo Editing
Before: Original Photo
real estate photo editing: how to fix verticals in Photoshop
After: Real Estate Photo Edit by PhotoUp

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 the viewer.

For instance, when looking at a photo with incorrect verticals, you’ll likely feel something is wrong. You may not be sure what it is, but you can see that the photo doesn’t look professional.

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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.

In other words, nothing else needs to be done except fix the vertical lines. You can either watch the video tutorial or continue reading the text below:

  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!

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’s 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.

My point is, you shouldn’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 and quick turnaround times. More so, they also have 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.

Needless to say, there are others out there as well and each has its own specialty, so it’s worth looking at a few of the best editing companies.

To help you decide which to choose, we recommend sending some test edits and finding the company, quality, software, and customer support that works best for you.

Give PhotoUp a try today! Send us your images and our team will take care of straightening verticals on top of our other editing techniques such as color correction, vibrance, sharpening, TV in TV screens, fire in fireplaces, sky replacements, and more, which are included with every edit.

Reach out to the team at PhotoUp today and receive some free credits to test out our editing service.

We hope this post helped you improve your real estate photo editing skills and straighten your verticals. Before you go, you may also want to check out the following resources: