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Assembling a panorama automatically

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Video: Assembling a panorama automatically

One of the most common types of composite images that I tend to create is the composite panorama. With the composite panorama, you can capture multiple images in a sequence panning across the horizon for example. And then assemble those images into a single image with a panoramic aspect ratio. Here, for example, I have some images of clouds. I started with this capture and then panned to the right as I captured additional images, and now I'm ready to assemble all of these photos. So, a total of 6, in this case into a single composite panorama.

Assembling a panorama automatically

One of the most common types of composite images that I tend to create is the composite panorama. With the composite panorama, you can capture multiple images in a sequence panning across the horizon for example. And then assemble those images into a single image with a panoramic aspect ratio. Here, for example, I have some images of clouds. I started with this capture and then panned to the right as I captured additional images, and now I'm ready to assemble all of these photos. So, a total of 6, in this case into a single composite panorama.

So, I need to first select the images here in bridge. I'll click on the first image and then hold the shift key and click on the last image in order to select all of those images. And then from the tools menu I can choose Photoshop followed by photomerge. That will send all of the images over to Photoshop, but because I'm using the photomerge command, I will first see the photomerge dialogue. You'll see that the files that I selected in Bridge are automatically selected as those to be blended together. So now I can just configure the settings for the Photomerge. I'll leave the layout option set to automatic.

In most cases, a panorama will utilize the perspective layout. In some cases though, you might use cylindrical or even spherical but Photoshop is able to determine automatically, based on the images, which layout option should be utilized. And so in most cases, the auto option works perfectly well. Then, down at the bottom of the dialog, you'll want to make sure that the blend images together check box is turned on, and this is perhaps the most important item here because it is what causes the images to actually be blended together into a seamless panorama.

If you 're concerned about vignetting, for example if you're using a wide angle lens, then you can also turn on the vignette removal check box. In this case though, that is not an issue. You can also utilize geometric distortion correction if you'd like. I tend not to use this option simply because it then requires me to crop the image rather significantly. So, I leave the geometric distortion correction check box turned off in most cases, and then I'll apply any transformations that I want to later as part of my overall work flow. So, with those options established, I'll go ahead And click the Okay button, and Photoshop will process all of those images.

First, it will take each of the individual images and blend them together into a single document, with each of the original photos represented by an individual layer in that document. And then, it will align all of the images and blend them together through the use of a layer mask. So you can see here, I have the finished result. All I need to do, is apply a crop, so I'll go ahead and choose the crop tool, and then define the crop that I'd like to use for the image. I think right about there will work pretty well, and then I'll crop the image. So now I have a finished panorama with very little effort.

I simply select the images, send those images over to the Photo Merge command in Photoshop. Adjust the settings for that photo merge and Photoshop takes care of all the rest.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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