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Stitching a photo panorama

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Stitching a photo panorama

Sometimes you want to photograph a really wide scene, but you don't have a lens that's wide enough to take it all in. In that case, I suggest that you take a sequence of photographs overlapping each one slightly, maybe by about a third or 33% and then have Elements seamlessly stitch them altogether for you in one continuous photo, a panorama. When you're shooting to make a panorama, I suggest that you put your camera on a tripod so that it remains steady as you rotate the camera to take the sequence of pictures.

Stitching a photo panorama

Sometimes you want to photograph a really wide scene, but you don't have a lens that's wide enough to take it all in. In that case, I suggest that you take a sequence of photographs overlapping each one slightly, maybe by about a third or 33% and then have Elements seamlessly stitch them altogether for you in one continuous photo, a panorama. When you're shooting to make a panorama, I suggest that you put your camera on a tripod so that it remains steady as you rotate the camera to take the sequence of pictures.

If you don't have a tripod, then put the camera on a flat surface. Also, turn off Auto Exposure, so that the exposures don't change as you move the camera between shots, and also, don't change the focal length in between shots if you're working with a telephoto lens. So I followed those rules when I took these photos of the Rocky Mountains here in Boulder, Colorado. I am working in Adobe Bridge CS4, where I am going to start making this panorama. I am going to select the first of these images and then I am going to hold the Shift key and select the last, to select all of those in between.

Notice that I went ahead and renamed each one of the images, so that the names contain numerals in sequential order from 1 through 6. With the six images selected, I'll go up to the tools menu in Bridge and I'll choose Photoshop Elements and then I'll go down to Photomerge Panorama. That switches me over to Photoshop Elements and opens all six of the images in the Full Edit workspace. It also opens the Photomerge dialog box here. I am going to be using Files rather than a Folder, so I'll leave the Use menu set to Files and because all the files are currently open in Elements, I'll click the Add Open Files button here and that gives me a list of the six open files here in the middle of the Photomerge dialog box.

The only other thing to do here is to choose a Layout method. I usually start with the Automatic Layout method and if that doesn't give me a result that I like, I'll try these other methods, until I find one that does give me a result that I think is the right one. So with the Auto Layout selected, I am going to go over and click the OK button and Elements goes ahead and brings all six of those images into a brand new image, blending them altogether into a wide panoramic photo and here is the result.

If you look in the LAYERS panel for this panoramic photo, you can see that there are six layers, one for each of the photos that make up the panorama and that each of the layers has a layer mask on it on which Elements has applied some black paint to blend the six images together. Now in this document window you can see that the edges of the panorama are not even and there are some gray and white pixels around the edges that indicate transparency. I want to trim all of that away, so I am going to get the Crop tool in the toolbox.

I am going to come into the image and I am going to click-and-drag out a crop-bounding box. I can then fine-tune that bounding box by moving my mouse over any of the borders and dragging, and I want to be careful not to include any of the transparent pixels when I do that. I think that looks just about right. So I am going to accept the crop by clicking this green checkmark and now all that's left to do is to save this panorama, like any file. I would probably save a master copy in the PSD or Photoshop Document format and then if I wanted another copy maybe to put online, I might save a copy in the JPEG format.

So the next time you're faced with a situation like this where you have a really wide scene that you want to photograph, consider taking a sequence of photographs and then using Photomerge Panorama to join them all together into a wide panoramic photo here in Photoshop Elements.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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