Fix EXTREME Distortions in Photoshop! Easy!


Today I’m going to share with you how to fix
distortions in Photoshop. You see, whenever you take a photo with a
very wide angle lens, you will see some bent edges, some distorted areas as you can see
in this image. Of course, because that is natural. Now, whether you want to fix it or not, that’s
absolutely your artistic call. My job is to show you how to do it. So, with the Background layer selected, press
Ctrl or Command + J. We always want to have a backup. And now we’re going to name this Distortion
Fix, or short, let’s name this Dis Fix. I know that doesn’t sound right, but you get
the point. Next thing we need to do is to go to Filter
and then Adaptive Wide Angle. Now, we’re going to keep the correction to
Fisheye. Then with the first tool right here, which
is the Constraint tool, just click along a bent line, and then just hover over. Keep on hovering over and there you go. The line will bend automatically, and click
on in here on the other side. There you go. It fixes it. If you think the curve is not right, you can
always adjust it with the middle point. But I’m going to leave it to where it was. Now, let’s do the other areas. If you zoom out, have a look at this area
at the top. This area seems distorted as well. So, we’re going to click one more time, and
just click in right there. There you go. That’s fixed too. You can adjust the middle point. Now have a look at the pole. We want straight poles. If you look at this pole, this is bent too. So, let’s click on in here and make sure that
this is straight. Let’s do the same with the other side as well. We also want the ramp to be straight. I think most of it is straight anyway. So, if you want, you can draw a line right
there. But that’s going to only complicate things. We’re going to leave it at that. It looks all right to me. And just hit OK once you’re satisfied. Now, keep in mind, you can also zoom in and
zoom out by using this scale slider. Zoom out, zoom in. That’s upon you. I’m going to leave it to 100 and then hit
OK. Now, you can turn off the Background layer
to see which of the areas are left out. Now, if this was an image of, let’s say, sand
dunes or something consistent right here, like a plain ground, it would have been easier
for us to fill it with Content Aware Fill and don’t worry about cropping. But in this case, this is a complicated image. So, even after Content Aware Fill, we might
have to crop it a little bit. So first of all, let’s select the areas which
are empty. And for that hold the Ctrl or Command and
click on the Layer thumbnail of the Dis Fix. All right. Now, we want to select areas which are empty. Not the areas which exists. So, invert the selection. Press Control + Shift + I / Command + Shift
+ I to invert the selection. Now, if we directly fill in here, there is
a chance that it might leave out a very thin gap right in here. So, we want the selection to dig in a little
bit. And for that, let’s go to Select – Modify. Because we want to modify what? The selection. Select – Modify, and then Expand. We want to what? Expand the selection so that it digs in. 4 pixels is fine. Now, you can determine how many pixels by
just counting in the pixels. So, 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. 4 is fine. Hit OK. Alright, so it digs in by 4 pixels. Now, let’s fill it. If you’re using an older version of Photoshop,
you can go to Edit and then Fill and then choose Content Aware and the contents drop
down. If you’re using the later versions of Photoshop,
I will always recommend directly choosing Content Aware Fill because that way we can
do a lot of settings in here, determine which areas to sample from, which areas not to sample
from. And as you can see, it didn’t do a pretty
good job. You know why? Because this image is very complicated. So, I think this is right. I’m going to leave it at that. We might have to crop in any way. You can choose output to Current Layer or
New Layer. If you choose New Layer, everything that you
have filled in will be on a brand new layer. So, you can do that for non-destructive purposes
and hit OK. So, everything that we filled in, have a look,
is on a brand new layer which is good to have. Now, press C for the Crop tool. Make sure you click on Clear so that you don’t
have anything, alright, in there and then just freely crop. From the left hand side, from the right hand
side a little bit. As much area as you can have and hit Enter
and have a look. This is fixed. If you want to straighten something you click
on the Crop tool again, click on Straighten and you can straighten a little bit. All right, now this looks fantastic and it’s
not distorted. If you want to have a look at the before and
after, I’m going to turn on the before, which was Layer 0. Ctrl or Command + T. Let’s bring it to the
top so that you can see the before and after better. So, there you go. This is the before, distorted. This is the after, fixed. Now, we have another example right there. This is a bit complicated, but fun to fix. Press Ctrl or Command + J. You want to have
a copy. Step 2 – Go to Filter and Adaptive Wide Angle. Now, in this case, whatever bend lines you
see, just select the Constraint tool, click. Fixed. This building is bent too. Click, click. Fixed. Similarly, right in here. Fixed. Have a look at these lines as well. We can easily fix that. Click and click. Now, we might have to move it to that. We might have to make adjustments here. That looks perfect. I’m going to move this one as well. Now, that is fixed. Similarly, this pole. Click, click. That pole is also fixed. Look at the bottom of the car. So, click, click. That is now straight. Similarly in this area, this area is straight
too. Let’s have a look at the before and after. You can click on the Preview to have a look
at the before. And this is the after. I think we can create one more line in here. All right. Now that is straight as well. Now, most areas look straight. Once you’re satisfied with it, just hit OK. Boom. Done. You can turn off the Background, see which
areas are left out and you can easily fill it. You can try Content Aware Fill. So, hold the Ctrl or Command, click on the
thumbnail of that layer, Ctrl + Shift + I / Command + Shift + I, then go to Select – Modify,
and then Expand, because we want to dig in a little bit. 4 pixels is fine. Then Edit – Content Aware Fill and it should
do a pretty good job. Yeah, it kind of did a pretty good job. Hit OK. Look. What did I tell you? If there was a road, it could easily fill
it, some consistent ground. But, here it messed up a little bit. No problem. C for the Crop tool, make sure no ratios are
there and just crop it. Crop it from the side right there. You might have to crop a little more. Similarly from this side. This side looks okay. Most of it looks okay. All right. There you go. Undistorted, my friend. So, let’s have a look at the before and after. Here’s the before – distorted. Here’s the after – undistorted. So, that’s how to fix distortions in Photoshop. All you have to do is to apply Adaptive Wide
Angle filter and you can try to fill the missing areas with Content Aware Fill. Thank you so much for watching. I will see you guys again in my next one. Till then, stay tuned and make sure that you
keep creating.

72 Replies to “Fix EXTREME Distortions in Photoshop! Easy!”

  1. Dear viewer, I sometimes think if we all subscribers give this teacher atleast 5$ he can be millionair 😍
    I wish one day become one of millionairs 👍

  2. Also you can photograph with a zero distortion Ultra wide-angle Laowa 9mm f/2.8 prime

    Or you can use Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In

  3. I ran into this problem when stitching panoramas. One thing to remember, is shoot a little wide, because anamorphic cropping is inevitable! Some smartphones have pretty good apps for automating this process, but I haven't found a decent plug-in for PS yet. Thank you for this tutorial!

  4. I dont watch nearly enough of your content. But my question is…. HOW THE HELL DO YOU KEEP COMING UP WITH NEW SCENARIOS TO FIX!

  5. Another great tutorial! Thanks, Unmesh. I took notes while watching. Lots of tips on features I haven't used before in Ps.

  6. It's good that you do a reminder on content aware fill, it works wonderfully on basic uniform background. But why would you do it when you just crop it wall after wall xD

  7. Hi Unmesh, is there a way you can show us to straighten slight distortions? I'm having trouble doing so with the new version of photoshop straightening architectural lines of buildings, etc. taken with 12-24mm lens. The new anchoring point system is doing my head in. Thanks.

  8. Wouldn't it be easier to just convert it to a Smart Object, and go to the Camera RAW filter and use the lens correction tool? When I take pictures, I generally work with the .NEF files (RAW images), open it through Bridge, and do about 80 to 90% of editing in Camera RAW. Some of my images end up having a fish eye effect, although not quite as extreme as the examples you are showing. But I am always able to flatten it out perfectly with just 2 clicks. Or would that technique not work on an image where the fish eye was so extreme?

  9. Awesome tip!!! Could you please do a tutorial hot to get rid of the white background when taking pictures of water bottle thats is merging with a background. Super tough… (example of water bottle can be found on this website myjuci com, or any other)

    Much love ❤️

  10. This is nothing short of sorcery!! A few hundred years ago, you might be burned at the stake for doing black magic like this.

  11. You guy are good. I really appreciate all these helps. thank you. But, pls how do I master the photoshop very well and be an expert like you so i can help other people? Is it only "keep practicing" thing?
    Your reply is deemed grateful.

  12. Thank you for the tutorial. I have one comment. When you draw horizontal or verticals lines in 'Adaptive Wide Angele' you can choose what kind of line it is, pressing the right bottom of a mouse. It affects more properly.

  13. Great Video Unmesh! I am constantly learning from you. I use a 14mm wide-angle for real estate photography every day and the distortion, depending on the angle I shoot is bad on the verticals. I use Lightroom CC for most of my edits but this is a tool I just used and it works really well. Is there a way to import this as a lens profile into Lightroom? Thank you for all you do.

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