Monday, January 7, 2013

Panoramic Action

Try Photoshop’s Photomerge to create some panoramic magic
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon Published in Shooting
Panoramic Action

As you'll see, parts of your original images will be cut off. Yes, that's normal. You could use the Content-Aware Fill feature in Photoshop CS5 and CS6 to try to fill in these areas. It may work. However, knowing that you'll lose parts of your images, it's a good idea to shoot wide, as illustrated by my files that you saw in the screen grab of my pano sequence.

4. Here's my cropped image,

but there's more cool stuff to come.

5. This is a screenshot

of the Levels dialog for my pano. As you can see, my image lacks proper highlights, as illustrated by the empty space on the right side of the histogram. Moving the highlight slider to the left, just inside the "mountain range," would be a quick fix. However, because you'll be adding another image from your sequence into your pano, now isn't the time to fine-tune your image. If you did, your colors, brightness and contrast wouldn't match.

6. You can make your pano look

even cooler by adding another image. Go back to your sequence and find the image, or sometimes, images, that would "fill in the gap" in your pano.

Crop the subject as tightly as possible and copy it. Then, paste it into your pano. Use the Move tool to move the subject into position. Because you haven't resized any of your images and your pano, the scale of the images will match.

7. The next step

is to remove the background from your inserted, cut-and-pasted image. Because it's on a new layer, you can use the Eraser tool to simply erase the area around your subject to see through to the pano on the bottom layer. Other options include using the Magic Wand or Quick Select tool.

During this process, zoom into the pasted image and turn off the bottom layer (by clicking the Eye icon) in the Layers panel to see how well you're doing at erasing.

8. After flattening the image,

you're almost finished. However, as I mentioned, the image may need some fine-tuning. In my case, I adjusted the Levels and then also boosted the Color and Contrast.

Have fun experimenting and creating your own action panos!

Rick Sammon teaches photography around the world and on his website. Go to

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