Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a pano with Photo Merge, part of Lightroom: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
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- In this movie we'll take a look at how we can build a panoramic photograph right inside of Lightroom. You can see that we'll be working with these photos which are in the folder titled Pano. I'm gonna take the first image to the loop view by tapping the E key on the keyboard, next I'll tap the right arrow key just to scroll through these images. Here you can see that these photographs were captured with a panoramic image in mind. What we're gonna do is stitch together all of these photographs to create a big, beautiful image.
Now to do that, what we need to do is to select all of the photographs. So here I'll tap the G key to go back to the grid view. When it comes to selecting the images, you can do this in the grid view, or in the film strip below, either way what you wanna do is click on the first image of the set. Hold down the shift key, then click on the last image of the set. Next there are a few ways to launch Photomerge. Perhaps the easiest way is to go to the photo pull-down menu, and then here we'll choose Photomerge. From that menu, we have two options, HDR or Panorama, we're gonna choose Panorama.
You'll also notice there's a shortcut there, it's Control M, and that will also launch this dialog for us. So let's go ahead and click on that in order to launch Photomerge. Now what's happening here is Photomerge is taking all of these images and it's analyzing them, and it's gonna try to kind of put all these pieces of this puzzle together in order to build a panoramic photograph. Now while this is working over here, I wanna talk about some of our options on the right. You'll notice that we have an option for Auto Select Projection, and also an option for Auto Crop.
With Auto Select Projection, we're telling Lightroom to try to find the best way to bring these images together. If we wanna experiment on our own, click to turn that off, and you can click through various options simply by clicking on the button, and it'll render out a preview for you. What I've found in my own workflow, at least so far, is that 90% of the time the Auto Select works best. Next we have Auto Crop. Well as you may know, when you create panoramics, a lot of times you'll have little edges. Like here there's just a little bit of white showing on the sky, or down below, sometimes there are more gaps that are bigger than that.
If you wanna automatically crop those out inside of this dialog, just turn on Auto Crop. That will give you a sense of what type of information you have to work with. Now don't worry, when you turn on Auto Crop, you aren't getting rid of information, you can always bring that back later, as I'll show you in a moment, when we get to the develop module, and actually work on cropping this photograph. Alright, well for starters though, let's go ahead and leave both auto options turned on, then we'll click the Merge button. What will happen is Photomerge will send all of that information over to Lightroom, up top you can see our progress, it's creating, or building, this panoramic image.
And that will then show up in my grid view and also in my film strip below. And it will show up as a DNG file, and that DNG file we can work with like we work with our other files here inside of Lightroom. Let me select the image, then I'll go to the Loop View by clicking on this icon. We can't really see the image very well, so I'm gonna collapse the panel on the left so that we can see a little bit more of that. And as we can see here, the photograph looks beautiful. It did a wonderful job at stitching all of those frames together.
Now let's go to the Develop Module. I'll do so by clicking on the Develop Module picker button and I'm gonna close the panels on the left, again, just so we have a bigger view. Over here what I wanted to highlight, is that if we re-access the crop tool, you can see that the Auto Crop, all it did is just bring this in a little bit. It's kind of difficult to see but the point is that if you don't like the Auto Crop or wanna change it afterwards, you can just come in here and you can make changes. Perhaps you wanna crop it in a little bit more, or change the panel so it, I don't know, maybe looks like this, I'm gonna just shift this over right to there, and then I'll click the Done button in order to apply that.
Alright so we have flexibility with cropping. We also have flexibility with processing. Like with this image, let's say we wanna try something out where we brighten up our shadows, and maybe add a little contrast, and then bring down the highlights. Perhaps we wanna change the color temperature as well. And I'll scroll down and just do a few other things. Again here, the point isn't to process the image this way, but to illustrate that we can continue our work flow without really skipping a beat. Now to view your panels, what I like to do is to tap the F key, that takes the image to full-screen view.
So you can say, "Alright, now I can see what's happening, and now I can determine if I really like the way that this photograph is looking." When you're ready to exit out of full-screen view mode in Lightroom tap the F key, and that will take you back to your previous view, where you can then continue to work on the photograph.