Image Stitching a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS3.3

by Brittany Horton on March 6, 2009

Image Stitching a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS3.3

Louellen recently worked on a story about The Museum of the American GI for a feature she wrote for Bryan Texas Utilities’ edition of Texas Coop Power Magazine. As part of the layout, we wanted to do a panoramic shot of the pilot’s house of the USS Iwo Jima that is awaiting reassembly in a field in College Station. As we didn’t have a panoramic lens for the shoot, we decided to use Adobe Photoshop’s Image Stitching feature to stitch together four images and create our panorama.

This is how we did it.

  1. Open Adobe Bridge.
  2. Browse to the images you want to stitch to create panorama.
  3. With your images selected, select Tools>Photoshop>Photomerge (See Screenshot 1).
Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 1

Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 1

Note: For optimal results use between 2 and 10 images.

4. In the Photomerge screen that appears, select your desired layout format and select blend images together (See Screenshot 2):

    Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 2

    Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 2

    Note: Each layout option will give you different results. If you would like to experiment with each result, simply create multiple panoramas using the different layouts. I selected auto layout for this example.

    5. Select all the files you would lide to use in the Source File box as shown in Screenshot 2.

    6. Select OK.

      Note: This process can take a few minutes, larger files will take longer. Do not close your program while this process is active.

      Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 3

      Stitching a Panorama Screenshot 3

      7. If you are happy with the results you can crop the image in so that no transparent edges are visible using the crop tool and merge the layers to one layer. You can merge all the layers by selecting Layers>Merge Layers.

      8. At this point this is like any normal image that you can edit and manipulate using the available Adobe Photoshop tools. For my final results I have edited the color and contrast using the black point/white point editing as shown in the PhotoEditQR (link). I have also used the band-aid and stamping tools to remove the photographer’s shadow. For the finishing touches I have made specific spot coloring and toning edits by using the fill selection edit.

      9. The final results is:

        Stitching a Panorama Final Result

        Stitching a Panorama Final Result

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