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Removing Distortions with the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6

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Photoshop CS6 offers improvements across the full spectrum of photographic workflows. In this article, Dan Moughamian discusses the Adaptive Wide Angle (AWA) filter, which you can use to modify the different types of lens distortions (like a fisheye distortion) that may be present in your pictures.

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The Adaptive Wide Angle UI

The Adaptive Wide Angle UI

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Once you’ve opened your test picture into Photoshop CS6 and you’re ready to start, choose Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle. The interface uses a modal window similar to the one used by Lens Correction (Figure 2 - click to enlarge). At top-left we have tools for creating Constraints as well as panning and zooming, a large preview in the center, lens information and view options across the bottom of the window, the Correction “mode” menu (I typically leave this set to “Auto” unless I’m using a shot taken with a fisheye lens -- there is a “Fisheye” setting), and a Detail view that will help you with Constraint placement.

Figure 2: The new Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop CS6 provides a familiar layout for anyone who has used the Lens Correction filter.

As I’ve used AWA more often, I find that the Constraint tool (shortcut: C) is all I need (in many cases) to remove distracting geometric distortions in very-wide-angle shots. This is especially true of photographs that have man-made objects, because we can use the lines and edges of those objects as references for our Constraints.

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