Have you ever gone some place where the scenery is breathtaking and one photo can not cover all the beauty of it?
Photoshop has a feature called Photomerge. You can take multiple photos and Photoshop will mask and merge them automatically into one seamless (more or less) photo. This tutorial we will focus on creating a panorama.
First you will need some photos. A minimum of three and the more the better. Remember that the more photos you use, the longer it will take for Photoshop to create your panorama and the more complex the editing will be if there are problems. Personally, I like to take a lot of photos and then choose four of the best ones. I can substitute if one or more of them does not produce a panorama that I like.
The best way to get some photos for your panorama is to use a tripod. Keep the tripod stationary and swivel the camera around to various parts of your scene.
If a tripod isn't available, you can be the tripod.
Plant your feet and only move the camera. Make sure to overlap each photo so it can be blended with the next one.
I will be using some snaps hubby took while on a business trip. If you want to work with these photos, let me know and I will give you the links to my dropbox.
1. Make sure your photos have been saved to your computer. Photoshop cannot use unsaved photos.
2. Open only these photos in Photoshop.
3. Choose File/Automate/Photomerge
4. In the dialogue box, click the Add Open Files and choose these settings. Then OK.
5. Wait for Photoshop to create your panorama. The result will look something like this:
6. Flatten your image into one photo. (FYI: Make a copy first if you want to redo the crop at a later date)
7. With your Crop Tool, drag the area you want to keep. For this tutorial, I left some white space in the sky and a small amount at the bottom. We will using other features of Photoshop to fill in these areas.
8. With your Lasso Tool, draw a selection around the blank sky area. Be sure to grab a wee bit of the sky, but only a wee bit. Too much of the area will give poorer results.
9. Choose/ Edit/ Fill
10 In the Fill dialogue box, choose Content Aware from the pull down menu. OK.
11. Photoshop fills in the area with the same colors of the surrounding selection. Since this sky has few distinct colors, it should work very nicely.
12. For the bottom blank areas, you can try to use the Content Aware feature again. Another option is to use the Stamp Tool.
13. Click on the Stamp Tool in the tool box. And use these options.
14. With a small, semi hard brush, hold the ALT key and click right above the area you want to use as a sample for cloning.
15. Use multiple clicks in the blank area. You should see the Stamp tool fill in the blank area with the same area as the sample right above it. As a rule it is best not to drag your brush.
Vary the hardness of the brush for better results if needed.
You can vary the sample by using the Alt key and click on a different area.
16. When you are finished, you should see a beautiful panorama photo!