The Transform panel AI in Lightroom Classic needs more training on how to spot vertical lines in architectural images. If there is AI involved with using "Auto", "Vertical", or "Full" buttons to fix the upright appearance of an image, it needs to be trained further to identify existing vertical lines better for more consistent results.
App version 12.1
OS Ventura 13.0.1
Steps to reproduce: Using the vertical, auto, or full buttons in the transform panel on architectural images with multiple parallel vertical lines.
Expected results: Using the vertical, auto, or full buttons would transform the images so the vertical lines in the image are parallel with the lines in the grid overlay.
Actual results: Vertical lines in images are often not parallel to the grid overlay requiring manual guided drawing out of lines and updating the transform for more accurate alignment.
This impacts my workflow because I spend 5-8 hours a week manually correcting the vertical alignment of my images using the "Guided" function in the Transform panel. This is necessary because Auto, Vertical, or Full do not consistently align the image sufficiently for architectural standards ("vertical lines should be vertical"). My images often have dozens of vertical lines with walls, joints, doors, windows, and cabinetry. However, LR continues to make alignment worse with the auto-adjustment options or does not fully fix the alignment.
This issue has persisted across multiple Mac updates and LR updates over the last 8 years I've been using the product. Transform has improved over the years, but it still needs improvement to save users a lot of time and frustration from manually adjusting images more often than not. I estimate that 50-80% of the time, LR gets the vertical alignment wrong using the Vertical, Auto, or Full options. I use a geared head and level my camera quite close in the field, so I am surprised that the Transform tool often makes the images worse when all it needs is a small tweak to be vertical.
Please train the AI to better recognize existing vertical lines in images; it is costing me so much time. Thank you!