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Apart from more creative image combinations, there are other situations where we may want to bring multiple images together in order to create a different composition that's a little bit more functional. Like in this particular case, here we have some photographs that were taken by one of my colleagues, Ralph Clevenger. What I'm going to do is go ahead and select all of these images. I'll do so by pressing Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC. I'm currently in the Library module. Well, here, if I press the N key, what I can do is I can survey all of these photographs.
Here you can see it's this nice set of images of Mount McKinley up in Alaska. What I'm interested in doing is creating a pano out of these photographs. So, I'll press the G key to go to the Grid view mode. Next, I'll Ctrl+Click or right-click over the selected files, and then choose Edit In. This time, we're going to select Merge to Panorama in Photoshop. Now, once we make this selection, what it's going to do is it's going to open up all of these images inside of Photoshop, inside of the Photomerge dialog. In this case, we're going to select the layout of Auto.
Use these files that were selected and blend the images together, and then simply click OK. Now one of the things that's happened in the most recent release of Photoshop CS5 is that panoramas have gotten a ton better. For that matter, in the last few versions of Photoshop, this panorama functionality has become much stronger. But even here, one of the things that we can see is that we now have this pretty strong image. All that we would need to do to finish this image off would be to apply a crop. We'll go ahead and do that quickly with the Crop tool.
Double-click or press Enter or Return, and then save the file out, Command+S on a Mac, Ctrl+S on a PC. Then finally close this open document. This new pano has been brought into this particular folder. We now have complete access to this file. If we need to do anything further, for example, I need to crop the image a little bit, my crop wasn't perfect, or if I need to process this file in the Develop module, I can do all of those things with this new document that I created inside of Photoshop. So, what you're discovering here is that Photoshop and Lightroom really communicate, and really work well together.
So, what you want to do is start to experiment with how you can open up multiple files from Lightroom, and then take advantage of the strength of Photoshop, and then make your way back to Lightroom in order to finish things off.
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