Photoshop Tutorials- Leveling the Horizon Tutorial – Ashley McNamara – Danville Photographer

It is tutorial time WHOHOO!

 Today I am going to teach a simple yet awesome technique to level a horizon. I am a camera tilter, always have been and always will be. The problem is that there is a time to tilt and a time to NOT tilt and the beach is a not to tilt sort of time. I like a nice level horizon so this is for all of you camera tilters out there.

Step 1: Open Image


Step 2: Select the Ruler Tool. It is 20 tools down and you might have to right click to see it.


Step 3: Once you have selected the ruler tool, draw a line across the horizon. This works on anything if you have a dresser, chair, wall. Whatever you want to straighten.


Step 4: Once you have drawn your line select Image, Rotate Canvas, and Arbitrary. 


Step 5: This is where the magic happens. The ruler tool calculated how much to rotate the image to make it straight. Once you click arbitrary the math is done for you so you can just click ok.


Step 6: Now your image is straight but what about the extra canvas??


Step 7:  You can do a couple of things to take care of the extra canvas caused from straightening your image. You can clone the white spots out or you can crop most of it out which is what I do.


Step 8: Clone or patch any white areas that the crop tool didn’t take care of.


Now you are all done. Super easy right?






  • THANK YOU! I’m always tilting and I’m not even going to tell you how I fix it! This is so much easier.

  • Wow, thank you so much for this.

  • Thanks Ashley! awesome tutorial!

  • Dude, I was just going to do this same tutorial for the blog. Now I can just link to you, lol!

  • Your tutorials are always wonderful thank you! 🙂

  • Nancy Blumenfeld

    I want to be You when I grow up!

  • that is super. how did i not know that, THANKS!

  • Fantabulous! Thanks so much, wonderful share 🙂

  • Cecilia Sierra

    Thank you! thank you! From now on life is going to be much easier for this camera tilter!Muaaaaaack

  • no wayyyyyyyyy! thats awesome!