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In Photoshop CS5, Lens Correction really is quite a strong feature. And another place where we can leverage the strength of this new feature is when we are stitching together panoramic images. Let me show you what I mean. Here you can see I have this sequence of images that were captured by one of my colleagues Ralph Clevenger of Mt. McKinley. I'll go ahead and select all of these images by clicking on one, holding on the Shift key and clicking on another. Next, I'll navigate to Tools, and here I am going to choose Photoshop and then select Photomerge. This will then open up Photoshop and the Photomerge dialog.
Now we have seen this dialog before, but what's new in Photoshop CS5 is that we can now tap into this Geometric Distortion Correction. And what this is really doing is so to speak, it's tapping into that engine of looking at the metadata, and saying OK what's happening here with these files? Where is the distortions? How then we correct them, so they can look even better? For that matter, we can also turn on this Vignette Removal as well. So, while this menu looks the same, it's actually much stronger, in other words this can really help you create some more compelling and engaging panoramic photographs.
Let's go ahead and click OK here in order to run that. What we will see here is that this is all going to happen in the background. In other words, Photoshop is going to analyze the images for us, analyzing that metadata, looking at the different type of distortion based on what lens that was used to capture that particular photograph. And here we have the final results of this panorama. And one of the things that you can do is compare the results with previous versions of Photoshop. And you will soon discover that you now have a little bit more flexibility with the type of Lens that you have actually use to create your panorama. Because of this built in Distortion Removal, you can get away with using a little bit of a wider angle Lens in order to come up with some really compelling results.
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