Photoshop has a powerful editing tool for creating panoramas from a series of photos. In this lesson you will learn how to use the tool. Photomerge (Photomontage) in Photoshop CS3 for “stitching” a number of photos in the panorama.
My wife and I recently went to Crested Butte Colorado for a spring vacation. For several days we went snowboarding and enjoyed nature, taking some pictures along the way. When you like the surrounding landscape, the only true thing is creating a panoramic photo. You do not need a wide-angle lens to capture a vast expanse of landscape.
The technique that I use, and many other photographers, is to create overlapping images of the landscape and their further merging in Photoshop.
To begin, let’s go over the main points create this kind of photos:
one) I hope you are using an SLR camera with adjustable shutter speed and aperture. Do not let the shooting speed and aperture change between shots; since the result of mounting the pictures will turn out to be plain. Some parts of the photo would have been filmed with more exposure and exposure and slower speed. Accordingly, the depth would not correspond to the settings of the aperture. Therefore, use the manual mode and remember that the shooting speed and aperture settings must be the same for each shot.
2) Focus on the first photo, set the lens to manual focus. This method will allow you to control the focus for each shot, which should be the same for all of them.
3) Take a picture, holding the camera in an upright position, so you will more cover the top and bottom of the picture.
four) Make sure each shot is taken with a previous quarter overlap. We need to avoid any intermediate areas between snapshots.
five) Before the first shot, take a picture of any object, such as a hand or glove in the snow in this case. After the last shot, do the same. Thanks to this technique, you will determine which snapshot is the first in your panoramic row, and which one is the last one when you further download the folder to your computer.
Before you begin, download a file containing six images that you will use for this lesson.
Materials for the lesson:
Step 1. So, let’s begin. For this example, I did not use my SLR camera, since I had no desire to carry with me a huge Canon Rebel, while snowboarding, especially since it is much more expensive than the one I bought, Canon Powershot. I can put Powershot in my pocket while snowboarding, which is much more convenient. But using a DSLR is ideal for the reasons described above. We continue and run Photoshop CS3. Here are six photos that we will use from supporting files.
Step 2. Go to File> Automate> Photomerge (File> Automation> Photo Montage).
Step 3. The command will open a window with several different settings. “Auto” (Auto) instructs Photoshop to select the best settings and apply them. It is less flexible, but quick to use. “Perspective” (Perspective) sets the image in perspective, which includes a smaller cylindrical distortion, while “Cylindrical” (Cylindrical) has a greater cylindrical distortion. “Reposition Only” (Moving only) just moves the images, but does not change the perspective. “Interactive Layout” (Interactive layout) provides a bit more options, so let’s choose it.
Step 4. Click Browse (Download) and select images from the auxiliary files by highlighting them all in the dialog box. Click OK, and now the images will move to our dialog box. If our photos were uploaded earlier, they would appear immediately in this window. Click OK to merge photos.
Step 5. Function “Reposition Only” (Moving only) shows what the photos would look like if you simply copy and paste them one after the other.
Step 6. Option selection “Perspective” (Perspective) on the right adds a perspective photo, rather than a flat view.
Step 7. Tools on the left side allow you to select and move photos (selection tool (selection tool)), move view (move view tool (view movement tool)), as well as tools zoom (zoom) and turning (rotate) allows you to rotate and zoom photos. Another tool vanishing point tool (vanishing point tool), which can be used when perspective is selected. Click somewhere to apply vanishing point tool(vanishing point tool). This example shows the movement of the vanishing point to the edge of the photo.
Step 8. I pressed Ctrl-Z to cancel this tool. Choose any: “Perspective” (Perspective) or “Reposition Only” (Move only), tap Ok to merge the photo.
Step 9. Note that each layer with a photo is partially masked.
Step 10. Choose a tool crop tool (crop) and cut the empty pixels.
Tool use photomerge (photo montage) is a great way to create breathtaking landscape photos. Here are some examples:
Note: The more pictures you take, the wider your panorama will be, respectively, the more landscape it will include. Do not forget that in addition to the horizontal panorama, you can create a vertical panorama, for example, some kind of waterfall. Successes!