Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Merging a panoramic, part of Using and Creating Lens Profiles in Adobe CC Applications.
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- A new feature inside of Lightroom version 6 and subsequent versions after that is the ability to merge panoramic images right inside of Lightroom. However, one thing to keep in mind is that as you combine these images together, you're gonna want to fix the lens correction before you do the merge. This is gonna make a more accurate merge. Plus, after you merge the panoramic together, you might end up with additional distortion caused by an uneven tripod or perhaps different distances between the foreground and background as you pan the camera.
Let's make a quick fix here and show off this new feature. Under Import, I'll go the Panorama folder here, and I've got a sequence of panoramic images. Let's select all of these, and you'll notice that I often mark a new panoramic series by holding up my hand. Well, I probably don't need that one in the finished panorama, so I'll deselect that. But the rest of these images are pretty good. As I pan the camera here, we have a different distance.
The distance from this building to the lens is much closer than some of these other buildings as we pan the camera. As such, we're gonna see some distortion with different shots. If we don't compensate, the buildings won't properly line up because the bend at this edge will have a different shape for the building than this one here. Let's Import those and bring them in, and I'll work with the Previous Import. This is a 19 image panorama, although a couple of these images look pretty similar.
That's okay. I'll select all of these and then go to the Develop Module. Now, when you do this, you're only gonna see really one image, so I recommend you go to an image that's in the center of your panorama, and go to the Basic tab to Enable Profile Correction. Notice how the vignette is removed, and a bunch of issues have been fixed. Let's Remove Chromatic Aberration for good measure, and that feels pretty solid there. Now, I'm not gonna make any other manual adjustments, but with all these other images selected, and this one is the primary, it's gonna be easy to make a sync.
Feel free to make any adjustments that you want to the overall Exposure, recovering Highlights, and lifting Shadows, and fixing any Clarity or Contrast or White Balance issues. This is really subjective so I'll leave that up to you. But, when you're ready, click the Sync button and choose to sync everything with Check All. Now the Lens Correction and Color Correction is applied to all of the images in the panorama. Then go back to the standard loop view, and I have a lot of images selected.
Now, I can choose Photo, Photo Merge, Panorama. Lightroom is gonna analyze all of those images and merge them together. Now, you don't get a lot of feedback during this step, but it's continuing to take the merge together. Now, after it does the initial merge, it might not guess on the correct method. Fisheye is not the right option here, it's just what I used last time. Auto might give you a better initial merge, so I find that pretty useful.
That looks pretty good. Now, Auto Crop will remove things from the edges or you could do that afterwards, but if you check it, it has to reanalyze, so I'll leave that alone, and in general, pretty good. Little problem area here. Looks like we've got a bad blend with somebody who was walking through, but we've got a good image here that merged all of these together. When I click Merge, it'll create a new image that's actually a very large DNG.
Now it's gonna take a little bit for this merge to occur, but I want you to notice how this new DNG can also take advantage of Lens Correction. Don't be surprised with the merge if you still send this over to Photoshop for some cloning or touch-up, or you take advantage of the Spot Healing Tool inside of Lightroom here, but in any case, this'll make it pretty easy to fix things up. Let's let that merge complete, and then I'll show you the Lens Correction.
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