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How to Straighten a Photo in Post-Production

May 5, 2021 · 4 minutes read
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We’ve all been there. We take what seems like the perfect photo, only to realize it has a little bit of a lean. It happens! Lucky for you, the YouCam Perfect app can help. You can easily fix the angle or perspective of your snapshot using the “Crop & Rotate” tool, and in this article, we’ll tell you exactly how to do it.

How to Straighten a Photo in YouCam Perfect

The YouCam Perfect app makes it easy to straighten your image, even if it’s vastly crooked. Here’s how to do it:

1. Add Your Chosen Photo into the YouCam Perfect App

To begin, choose the picture from your photo stream that needs straightening. Once you have the photo selected, open up the YouCam Perfect app and tap the camera tile.

Once your photo is added, tap “Edit” on the bottom of the screen. Tap on “Tools” in the navigation bar, and then select “Crop and Rotate.”

2. Manually Straighten the Photo “Horizon”

When you’re editing your photo, it’s important to remember that no matter what type of photo you want to straighten, a portrait, a landscape, a cityscape, or a group photo, you want to make sure that the photo’s “horizon” is level. In photography speak, the “horizon line” helps to create balance in a photo and show a level line across the horizontal plane of the photo. Traditionally, this provides a sense of calm in a photo.

In the YouCam Perfect app, you can use the “Free” adjust tool to rotate the photo 45 degrees in either direction. When you’re straightening your image, use the “Rule of Thirds” composition lines on the photo to line up the image and ensure your subjects remain the focus. For those of you out there who intend to create a clean, professional-looking mirror photo edit, straighten your photo first before applying the mirror effect.

3. Straighten a Photo in a 2-dimensional Way

Another great way to adjust your photo is to straighten it in a 2D way, which is achievable using the “Perspective” tool. This feature in the YouCam Perfect app is especially useful for architecture photos where you want to adjust the perspective that the photo was taken in. When used correctly, the tool can have the powerful effect of making your photo look as if it was taken from a perfect viewpoint, even if it wasn’t.


Although the “Perspective” tool works best for architectural photos, it can also be used in scenarios where you want to bring a certain area of your photo to the back or front. For instance, if one subject in your photo looks strangely too far back, you can use this tool to adjust it slightly. As with any photo edits, they can have a distorted effect if used incorrectly, so try to only adjust as necessary.

Get Creative With Crop and Straighten Your Photo

Sometimes it can be obvious when a photo needs to be straightened, but in other cases, straightening a photo can help bring a “calming” effect to the image aesthetics. By adjusting the plane of a photo to be a bit off-skew, you can also give the image a creative effect. When editing your photo, be sure to experiment with all tools to see which one gives your photo the best end result.

Remember, you can also use the additional “Crop & Rotate” edits in the YouCam Perfect app to change the perspective of an image. You can flip it horizontally or vertically, or rotate it 90 degrees in any direction.

YouCam Perfect: The Best App to Straighten a Photo

Many apps let you edit your photos, but there’s no doubt it's no question that the YouCam Perfect is one of the best free photo editing apps out there. Straightening your photo is a fantastic feature, but you can also blur your photos, remove unwanted objects, do double exposures, and much more.

Ready to start using photo editing tools like this? Get these and much more premium photo editing tools now with the YouCam Perfect app! Download it for either iOS or Android today to get started!

Want to get more photo editing tips and tricks? Subscribe to the YouCam Perfect YouTube channel, and follow us on Instagram for creative editing ideas and awesome selfie tips!

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