Ever wanted to create a
panoramic photograph? Panoramas are those great-looking images that
incorporate a wide view into one photograph. For example, you want to
create a single photograph of a big lake, but the lens on your camera
doesn’t go that wide. So you start at the left of the lake, and take a
photo. Then you move slightly to the right and take another photo, and
another, until you have reached the far right canyon wall. So, now you
have four or five separate images of a lake, and you want to stitch them
together into a single panoramic view. If you have Photoshop, you have
what you need to make it happen.
Click the File menu, point to Automate, and then click Photomerge.
Click the Use list arrow, and then select from the following options:
- Files. Click the Browse button, and then select the images.
- Folder. Click the Browse button, and then select the folder containing all the images.
To quickly add currently opened files to the list, click Add Open Files.
To remove any images from the list, click the file name, and then click Remove.
Click one of the layout options:
- Auto. Analyzes the images and uses the Perspective, Spherical, or Cylindrical layout.
- Perspective. Creates a stretched or skewed effect on the side images.
- Cylindrical. Creates a bow-tie effect like an unfolded cylinder.
- Spherical. Aligns the layers as if mapped inside a sphere. Great for images that cover 360 degrees.
- Collage. Matches overlapping content and transforms source.
- Reposition. Aligns the layers and matches overlapping content without transforming source.
Select the Blend Images Together
check box to create seams between the image borders and match the image
color. Clear the checked box to apply a simple rectangular blend to the
- Vignette Removal. To compensate for darkened corners, usually when using wide-angle lenses.
- Geometric Distortion Correction. Allows Photoshop to fix problems caused by wide-angle and fisheye lenses.
Photoshop merges the images into a single, panoramic document file.
Did You Know?
You can use the following hints for the best results with Photomerge.
For the best results, use the following rules of thumb when you take
pictures. Overlap images by approximately 25% to 40%, don’t change the
zoom distance, keep the camera level, stay in the same position,
maintain the same exposure, and avoid using distortion lenses.
You can start the Photomerge command from Bridge.
In Adobe Bridge, select the images you want, click the Tools menu, point to Photoshop, and then click Photomerge.