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Another type of overlay we can create is a panorama. The panorama gives you the feeling of actually being in a particular location, because you can see in all directions. In some panoramas, you can look in any direction, left or right, all the way straight up to the sky or ceiling, and all the way down to your feet. So let's see how to create a panorama overlay. Before you can do the work inside InDesign you have to start by acquiring the images to be used in the panorama and that's much more work than actually creating the panorama itself. To create a seamless panorama, the DPS tools need six images that fit together like the insides of a cube.
I'll switchover to Preview and I'll show you the set of images I have here. I'll just go down through one by one and you can see the four sides and the top and the bottom. You can use Photoshop to stitch together images into a panorama and then use an application like Pano2VR by Garden Gnome software, to appropriately format them for use with DPS. Pano2VR isn't the only application that can do this for you, but it is one that Adobe mentions in their DPS documentation. So with the six images in hand I can setup the panorama overlay inside InDesign.
Panoramas are one of the types of overlays that you began by creating with just a frame. So I'll tap the F key on the keyboard to give my Rectangle frame tool, and I'll draw out a frame. And with the empty, but still selected, I'll go to my Folio Overlays panel and click on Panorama, and at the top where it says Load Images, I'll click on the folder icon. Now I need to navigate to that folder that contains those six images. I'll go to Exercise Files > Links > Panorama.
Now it sized the poster a little bit too big for me, so I'm going size that down a little bit by holding Command +Shift or Ctrl+Shift on the PC and dragging one of the corners. I'll re-center it on my page. And now let's look at the options for a panorama overlay. First of all, I can Use the first image for a poster if I want to, and that's the initial view I'll have in the panorama. So I'll keep that selected, I can set the Initial Zoom value, which is the magnification of the initial image when the panorama is viewed.
The user can pinch to zoom in or out on the panorama, and this is the magnification they'll see before they pinch. The maximum zoom value here is 100, the Vertical and Horizontal values let me choose which area of the panorama is initially displayed. The values here I enter are offsets in terms of degrees from the first image. So for Vertical I could set a value between -90 and 90. Negative 90 will make the initial view tilted all the way up, 90 will make the initial view tilted all the way down. For Horizontal, I can set values between -180 and 180; negative values rotate the view towards the left, positive values rotate view towards the right.
If I go all the way in either direction I'll be looking behind me, in the exact opposite direction of the first image. Field of View allows me to set limits on how far in or out viewers can zoom when they pinch the panoramas. I can also set limits on how far I let users pan vertically and horizontally. For Vertical, I can enter values between -90 and 90, for horizontal, I'd enter values between -180 and 180. The smaller the values, the less panning I allow. I can go al the way down to -1 and 1, to allow no panning in either a vertical or horizontal direction.
So let's preview our panorama. Initially I see the poster, then I can tap it to view the panorama and this is the initial zoom percentage that I set. With the Content Viewer Application I can press the plus and minus keys on my keyboard to simulate pinching to zoom in and out. So I can zoom farther in or pull back out. I can click and drag to pan around, I can look up and you can see a scene here, I need to do a little bit more work in Photoshop to make that sky be perfectly seamless and I can look down.
Panoramas are a fun and engaging element to add to a DPS Project. They are simple to set up and manage in InDesign. The challenge is to acquire the images and set them up correctly before you start working in InDesign.
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