Photoshop Secrets 23: The Easy Way To Stitch difficult Panoramas

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Photoshop Secrets 23: The Easy Way To Stitch difficult Panoramas

Photoshop Secrets 23: The Easy Way To Stitch difficult Panoramas

Panoramas can be tricky to shoot and stitch together. When done well, they can also be extremely impacting. But sometimes, Photoshop, or other panorama software, don’t like the files you’re trying to stitch together. In this tutorial, I show you two awesome techniques to stitch even the most difficult panoramas together in Photoshop.

The video also gives a few tips on how to shoot panoramas so the stitching is easier. Essentially, try to make sure there is about 40% overlap between tiles. And the narrower the focal distance, the less distortion you will have, the easier it will be to stitch the pano.

However, if you do have to shoot wide, and find you’re having difficulty creating your pano in Photoshop, these two techniques could make your life easier.

And you can also try these two alternative panorama stitching programs if Photoshop is not playing ball:

Hugin -- Panorama photo stitcher

Microsoft ICE

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Photoshop Secrets 23: The Easy Way To Stitch difficult Panoramas
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Michael Myerscough
Michael Myerscough
4 years ago

Thanks Jimmy, this is brilliant. I’ve had to give up on a couple of images I really liked as I just couldn’t get PS to do a good job. I’m self taught so sometimes I learn something like this that is a revelation. Glad I kept the files.

Crinos
Crinos
4 years ago

Thanks for the article Jimmy.

I often stitch bracketed panoramas and depending on the exposures, it’s sometimes hard to get pixel perfect stacked brackets (I don’t know if i’m clear)
I rely heavily on Microsoft ICE in those cases.
This is my tip:
1) I process my first bracket to create the first panorama, export it in tiff and (important step) I save the project (it creates a .spj file)
2) Open this SPJ file with a text editor (notepad, notepad++ , or whatever you use). This file is in XML(meaning plain text) format, and contains the pictures, and the adjustment done on each picture to get the panorama done.
3) You just need to replace the filenames with the ones from another bracket, save the changes and load that file in Microsoft ICE , and re-export .Repeat with each exposure

In the end, you get exactly the same picture, pixel for pixel of each of your brackets, assusming those brackets were shot using a firm tripod
No need for aligning them in Photoshop later :-:

I hope it helps someone

Grant Swinbourne
Grant Swinbourne
4 years ago

Very informative and helpful video. I think you’ve solve a couple of problems I’ve had with some of my pano shots, so thank you very much. I don;t mind the slightly longer tutorials as they are coving some more advanced and detailed workflows.

Hope you are loving your time in Australia.

Larry Fasnacht
Larry Fasnacht
4 years ago

Great tutorial Jimmy I really liked it. I’m going to look at your adaptive lens tutorial again.

I don’t think this was too long at all.

Jerry Syder
Jerry Syder
4 years ago

I like the longer video. Yet another great tutorial Jimmy!

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