Creating Panoramic Photos

One of my favorite things to do with photography is creating panoramas. Simply put, panoramic photos are a multiple images stitched together to create a larger piece. These used to be very difficult to create. You needed to use a tripod, account for large amounts of image overlap, and then line the images up by hand. After all this work, they usually still didn’t look right.

Creating Panoramic Photos

But now with programs like Adobe Photoshop, it’s very quick and easy to create panoramas. You can now go out, snap some pictures with your smartphone, and with a little bit of photoshopping, create a great looking panoramic picture. My step-by-step walk through is below; but first, here’s a quick video to show you how:

Creating Panoramic Pictures Tutorial from Jeremy Widen on Vimeo.

Step 1: Image Capture

The first step is to go out and shoot your pictures. It used to be that you had to use a tripod and overlap your images by at least 25%. But because of photoshop, as long as there is a little bit of overlap between your images, you’ll be fine.

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Step 2: Import

After you take your pictures, bring them onto your computer and open them in Photoshop. Once they’re imported, you can stack and order the images.

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Step 3: Stacking

In order for Photoshop to be able to read the images correctly, they need to be stacked. Do this by using the “select” tool and moving the second image on top of the first. *Be sure to align them exactly on top of each other. Do this with all the images you have, then go through your layers and make sure they are in the correct order from left to right (or up and down if your panorama is vertical).

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Step 4: Aligning

This is the part that used to take forever and would always cause heartache. In Photoshop it’s one tool. Select all your layers then go EDIT> Auto Align Layers. This will bring up a menu, select “Auto” and hit enter. Your panorama will now automatically stitch together.

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Step 5: Blending

Unless you spent a lot of time making sure all your images have the same exposure, you’ll need to blend them together to make the panorama seamless. Select all layers again, then go EDIT> Auto Blend Layers. Choose “Panoramic” in the next menu and hit enter. This will automatically mesh the image exposures and create seamless blends between your images.

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Step 6: Cropping

Now that your panorama is blended, you’ll need to crop down a bit. Hit “C” or choose the Crop Tool in the toolbox, then drag the bounding box to fit where you want to crop down to and hit enter. Your panoramic image is now done.

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Step 7: Saving

MAKE SURE YOU SAVE! I like saving the file out twice: once as a PSD for editing later, and a second time as my JPEG image.

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And that’s it! You can now make a really decent panoramic picture really easily. If you have any tips/tricks to make this an even easier process, please comment and let us know.

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Creating Panoramic Photos

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