Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Boundary Warp for better pano photos, part of Photoshop for Photographers: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
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- In this movie, I want to highlight a new feature which will help you improve the way that you build your panoramic photographs using Adobe Camera Raw. We're going to look at a couple of examples so that we can really understand how this new feature works and we'll also talk about how we can integrate it into our Adobe Camera Raw workflow. Well the first step is to take a look at the photographs. Here you can see a few images. These are the photographs straight out of the camera. I captured these down at the local harbor with the intent of stitching them together to create a panoramic image.
So here I'll click on one, hold down the Shift key to click on the other in order to select the set of images. Next, let's bring these over to Adobe Camera Raw. To do that we'll go to the File pull-down menu and choose Open in Camera Raw. Here we'll see the images in ACR. Over here is thumbnails on the left. To select those press Command-A in a Mac or Control-A in Windows. Next, we'll click on this icon at the top of the filmstrip that will open up the File menu, and here we're looking for the option to Merge to Panorama.
This will open up our Panorama Merge Preview. Now one of the things you'll notice straight out of the gate is that will work more quickly than it did in the previous version. You'll also notice that we still have problems with panoramic images like we've had before, where we have these gaps. You can see gap above and below and some other areas as well. Well this is where the new feature comes in to save the day. It's called Boundary Warp. What you can do is drag this to the right. You can see how it's just filling in those gaps. Now a quick word of caution: if we go too far with certain images, sometimes what can happen is that it can bend the photograph.
You see how this looks a little bent over here? Now, of course we could go into Photoshop and we could fix that using Liquefy or Warp or other things, but what I found in certain situations, is rather than taking it so high, what I like to do is to bring it up, and then to turn on auto-crop. And when you turn on auto-crop, it will take care of the rest of those areas. If we bring this all the way down, for example, and we have auto-crop turned on, you're going to see we're going to lose too much of the flag over here, so sometimes it's about working with both of these options together, that's why they're grouped together here like this, in order to accomplish the best result.
Alright, next step is to click on the Merge button. When we do that, it will say, hey, where do you want to save this file out? Save it in the same location, and then click Save, and it saves it as a dng file, which means we have a lot of flexibility with this and we can process this image and all the data that we have here, and let me show you what I mean. So for this panel, what I want to do is actually change the composition. So I'm going to grab the Crop Tool. Now that I see all the images together, I realize I actually don't want that building over there on the left, so I'm going to crop that out.
And I want a little bit less of the ocean, so I'm going to bring this one up, maybe to somewhere around there, bring this one down just a touch, and then double-click to apply. And here I'm just trying to illustrate how we integrate this into our workflow. To add some magic to this image, I'm going to change the overall color temperature, add some contrast, drop my highlights down a little bit, and just do some normal processing like we like to do here with Adobe Camera Raw. Next, I notice there's a little bit of haze in the sky.
I'm going to reach for my tool which is called the Graduated Filter. And I'll click on the plus value for Dehaze, and just click and drag over this area, and what it will do, it will add just a little bit of snap back to that part of the image. Let me exaggerate here, you can see how I can change that value. Alright, as you can see, we can just continue to work with these files and really fine tune the way the image looks in order to create some stunning results. Now once we've finished our workflow, to save this out it's as simple as clicking on the Done button. What that will do is it will then save this file out with all of those adjustments applied, as you can see here that we have.
There's our pano photograph. Alright, well that was example number one and I want to show you one more example just so you really understand how you can use this new feature. I'm going to go to some more images. Here are some photographs that I captured just a few minutes later as the sun was starting to set. And you can see with these images, again, I wanted to create a panoramic photograph, but I captured them without changing my exposure, without using manual exposure. So I have some really differences in my exposure settings. And I did that just to illustrate how we can use this feature even in situations like this, where we're just hand-holding our cameras and have a variety of exposures.
So here again, we'll select the files, click and then Shift-click, take these to ACR by going to File, Open in Camera Raw, then Next to select them all, Command-A on a Mac, Control-A on Windows. Then we'll click on the icon to open up the File menu, here choose Merge to Panorama. Now when we get here, what I like to do is to turn auto-crop off, I just want to see what I have to work with. Now because I was hand-holding this, and I wasn't very careful, you can see there are a lot of gaps, and as you do that, or as you work with wider angle lenses, you may find you have these in more problem areas.
But sometimes that's OK, like with this image, I can actually bring my Boundary Warp all the way up without having it degrade the file. It looks really good in this situation. And perhaps maybe I'm going to have this somewhere right around there, then turn auto-crop on just at the end, but we have a nice composition. Kind of a sweeping view of the harbor here with the sun setting. Next up is to click on the Merge button, and then I'll click Save in order to save this file out. Now once I've saved the file out, I want to begin the rest of my workflow, and often that begins by modifying sliders like we've seen before.
Just changing the overall look or crafting the look of the way that we want this to appear. Next I want to bring a little bit more into this area. Now if we zoom into the photograph, we're going to see we have beautiful detail here. I want to warm this part of the image up, so I'll double-click the Hand Tool to zoom out to fit in View, and rather than using a tool, say, like the Graduated Filter, I'm going to use the Radial Filter. What the Radial Filter will allow me to do is to set some values, like Dehaze and Warmth, and maybe a little bit of Sharpness here as well, and if we go all the way down, I'm going to have a high Feather value, I want to work on the inside area, and I'm just going to click and drag this out over this part of the image.
In doing that, what I'm going to do is just bring more warmth into this part of the photograph. Can you see I'm really warming that up? I'm also going to add a touch of contrast, drop my Highlights down there, maybe a little bit of Clarity, a little less Dehaze there, and again, just fine-tuning that and modifying the way that this looks. I'll zoom in a touch here so you can see the look that we're crafting with this image, and we have this beautiful panoramic photograph. And keep in mind, do you remember how bad my exposures were previously? It was even able to handle those situations, fill in all the gaps that we had, and then last, not least, we used some of our Camera Raw skills in order to finish this file off.
So this is one of those new features that is so much fun to play with, even if you aren't experienced with creating panoramic photographs, I recommend you go out and shoot one today and then try out this new feature because it's a ton of fun, and you may just surprise yourself with the results that you'll come up with.
To start, Chris shows how to bring back noise with a new addition to the Blur Gallery, find new uses for the Content Aware Move tool, and add adjustments to Smart Objects. He also covers changes to Camera Raw, and selection of smaller but no less important enhancements to both programs.