Have you ever wondered how photographers take those wide panoramic landscapes? Well sometimes it’s because they have a wide-angle lens, which allows the photographer to capture the horizon, sky and foreground. But for those of you who are amateurs, here’s another fun way to create panoramic images using Photoshop’s Photomerge Tool.
This tool is amazing! It will take photos you have taken and stitch them together to create one wide photo. The width of your photo becomes endless, not restricted by your camera lens but completely up to you.
- First you will need to take a sequence of photos. Make sure that when take these photos that your subject is still. Also, you yourself must be still to ensure photos are clear. The best way to gain stability is to use a tripod. However, most of us don’t carry a tripod with our camera, so in most cases, you’ll have to have a steady hand. The photos should overlap too along the area that the photos will be stitched together. Photoshop.com recommends a 10-40% overlap.
- Now open your photos in Photoshop CS5. Any version CS3 and above have the Photomerge tool. Select File/Automate/Photomerge and let Photoshop do the rest. You might have to wait a few seconds as Photoshop cleverly merges your photos together.
- Once Photoshop has done its job, you’ll be left with one large photo. Don’t forget to crop it to remove the crooked background and to create a clean frame.
It’s as simple as that! If you are a photographer enthusiast, Cambodia is the perfect country for you. There is amazing scenery waiting to be captured. So what are you waiting for? Have fun shooting and experimenting with this great tool.
Above is a photo that I have taken of the small river that runs west of the National Highway 2. It was created by taking a sequence of 7 portrait photos.
Watch a video on how Photomerge is done in CS5 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D02iq3nMqVg
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