Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a panoramic image, part of Photoshop CC 2015 for Photographers: New Features.
- Now that Camera Raw is playing a more and more dominant role in our workflow, it's helpful that we can do things like, create panoramic photographs from right inside of the Camera Raw dialogue. Let's take a look at how we can do that. You know, when you open up multiple files in Camera Raw, they appear in a filmstrip on the left-hand side over here. The first step that we need to take is to select all of these files. To do that, just click on one of them at the top of your stack, hold down the shift key, scroll down to the bottom of the stack or set there, and then click again.
When we click and shift click, it gives us the ability to select all of those files. Another way to select all is by way of a shortcut. On a Mac, that's command a, Windows that one is control a. Either way, once you've selected the files, in the top of the filmstrip, in the upper right-hand corner right there, click on that little icon, and we're looking for the option to choose "Merge to Panorama." When we click on that, what will happen is Camera Raw will do some thinking and it will try to bring our images together that we captured with the intent of building a panoramic photo.
Then on the right-hand side, we have a few options. We can try different projection types and see if the results are satisfying. We can also turn on and off Auto Crop. When we turn it off, we can see that there's some edges that didn't really line up and this always happens with pano, so typically it's a good idea to turn this on. When you do that, just know you can crop this image later. All of the adjustments that you make in Camera Raw are nondestructive. In other words, you can always change your mind later. Next, click Merge and that will open up a dialog asking us, "Hey, where do we want to save this file?" I'm gonna just save it in the same folder.
It's gonna save this out as a DNG. A DNG is a file format which gives us flexibility so we can raw process the image nondestructively and make all these different adjustments. In order to see the file, what I like to do is collapse the filmstrip over here. So just click on the dividing line. Notice how you cursor changes. And then drag it a little bit and it will close. Now we have a bit more space for the pano, right? Then we can make some adjustments, like we could perhaps darken those highlights or bring up our exposure or add clarity or vibrance or whatever it is that we wanted to do to improve the photograph.
Now, when it comes to cropping, just select that crop tool and that will show you your auto crop there. If you want to crop this further, which often with panos you need to do, right? Because you don't really see the composition until the images are all brought together. So I'm just gonna go ahead and make a few changes there. Then double-click in order to apply the crop to this image. Now, after you've finished your workflow in Camera Raw using your basic controls or cropping or whatever it is, to apply all these settings, simply click "Done" and it will then apply these settings to this DNG file.
If ever you want to come back to the file, just double-click it to reopen it and you can bring it back to Camera Raw and continue to process it or make any changes that you need to make.
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.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 12/01/2015. What changed?
A: We added 9 movies covering the fall 2015 updates to Photoshop CC, including the Diffusion control for healing, Quick Export, Recent Files workspace, and improvements in Camera Raw.
Q: This course was updated on 02/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie, "Boundary Warp for better pano photos."
Q: This course was updated on 03/22/2016. What changed?
A: We updated one movie, "The new dark interface," to reflect changes in the Adobe Camera Raw interface.
Q: This course was updated on 06/21/2016. What changed?
A: We added eight new tutorials to cover the June 2016 updates to Photoshop CC, including Content-Aware Crop, Face-Aware Liquify, and Guided Upright, and a new workspace for selections and masking.