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Tutorial: Panoramic Photos with Photoshop

By January 7, 2014Photography

Learn how to create panoramic photos with Photomerge in Photoshop

Sometimes you are in beautiful place but your digital camera cannot capture all the scene in one frame. To make this possible you have to take several photos and stitch them later in Photoshop. In this tutorial i will show you how to create panoramic photos using Photomerge tool in Photoshop.

 

The first step is to shoot several photos for your panorama. Some tips for better results:

a) Images should overlap by 30-40%. Photoshop use control points to stitch the panorama. Same as the quiz where we have to find similar points or objects.

b) Don’t move your camera up and down when shooting. Try to keep the center of your camera at one point and only rotate it right or left.

c) If you shooting with DSLR lock the exposure or shoot in manual mode.

d) Prefer wide-angle lens and avoid zooming. Zooming will generate perspective distortions and the Photoshop will have a hard time stitching your panorama.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Intermediate

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)

Estimated Completion Time: 20-30′ Minutes

Resources: –

Step 1 > Photo Merge

Once you have the photos for your panorama you are ready to use Photomerge in Photoshop. Go to File > Automate > Photomerge. In the new tab browse and import the photos you want to merge. Use Reposition as option and press OK. After you press ok, Photoshop will automatically merge the panorama and create the layers for you.

 

a) Use Photomerge tool

create panoramic photos in photoshop step 1

 

b) Import images

create panoramic photos in photoshop step 1b

 

c) Create the panoramic photo

create panoramic photos in photoshop step 1c

Step 2 > Merge Layers

If your panorama looks good merge all the layers by going to Layer > Merge Layers or press (Ctrl + E). You can fix any imperfections later.

 

create panoramas in photoshop step 2

Step 3 > Fix Imperfections

You may notice empty pixels around corners. To fix this problem you can crop the image or fill the empty pixels using Content Aware Fill Tool.

 

a) Crop the image with Crop Tool (C)

create panoramic photos with photoshop step 3

 

b) Or go to Edit > Fill to fill empty pixels using Content Aware Fill Tool (Shift + F5)

create panoramic photos with photoshop step 4

Conclusion

For this tutorial i used 9 large images but you can use less or more. To use more images you must capture the image very carefully and avoid any camera shake or camera movement. You can also fix any stitching imperfections with clone stamp tool or content aware fill tool. Now you can create panoramic and high-resolution photos.

 

create panoramic photos in photoshop

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