Monday, August 17, 2009

The Magic of Photomerge

If you have not tried Photomerge in Photoshop CS4, what are you waiting for? It is much improved over earlier versions.

This top image illustrates the magic of Photomerge. When I took the series of pictures for my pano, I thought: This pano is going to look kinda strange. No way can Photomerge line up all the boards on the dock. Their angles are just way too different.

Well, to my surprise, Photomerge did a good job.

Is that pano perfect? No. You can see some imperfections in the stitching process on the dock. (I could have cloned them out.) Is it fun? Yes!

The bottom image is one of my favorite panos (HDR+ pano). The stitching process was much more successful because the foreground was further from the camera.

So that's today pano tip: try not to include a very (I added very after a comment posted here) close foreground element when shooting a pano – especially if the foreground element has strong lines.

Explore the light,


UNKLD said...

Rick, with the HDR+Pano do you stitch then merge to HDR or stitch the HDRs?

Rick Sammon said...

UNKLD..Create your set of HDR images first. Then go to Photomerge.

Good luck.

tikonoff said...

Images at foreground will be ok if you'll use special pano-head for your tripod.

dusanmal said...

My problem (though with older CS 1 version I use) is that it is hard to correct slight light differences (though all images are typically made with the same exposure) resulting in weak though obvious diagonal border through the overlapping parts, particularly in even areas such as the sky... Is CS4 better in this aspect of merging?

Pol said...

Great shots :) Thanks for the tip on first HDR then merge. I would have tried it the other way around.