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Old 09-02-2009, 16:10   #1 (permalink)
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Stitching software or photoshop plugins?

Hi, I am wondering if anyone could give me some advice on stitching software to produce great panoramic images?

I'm using CS3 at the moment - is there a suitable plug-in or will I need a new piece of software or indeed is there an easy way to carry it out on just PS?



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Re: Stitching software or photoshop plugins?

CS3 can do pano's... put your frames into one psd as multiple layers, select the layers (think one must be locked iirc) then from the edit menu choose auto-align layers.

once done, same menu, auto-blend layers.




But to answer your question, PTGui is pretty good.
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Re: Stitching software or photoshop plugins?

It is even easier than this to use CS3. The Photomerge in CS3 was a major improvement from earlier versions and does well even in difficult situations. It can even stitch shots taken with my 10mm-22mm at at 10mm which earlier versions could not.

The easiest way to use it is to select all the images to be stiched in the Bridge then Tools>Photoshop>Photomerge

Alternately you can also access from CS3 from File>Automate>Photomerge

In Layout use Auto or Cylindrical and make sure you tick "Blend Images Together"

Click OK and it will take a few moments depending on your computer speed and the image sizes. The result are masked and blended multiple layers. Normally at that stage I flatten the image. The shape may be odd shaped and rounded so I select All (Ctrl A) then Edit>Transform>Warp. You can pull the handles around to fill the spaces etc. Having done this you can complete with a straightforward crop. You may need a final sharpening and your pano will be ready to print.
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Re: Stitching software or photoshop plugins?

I have CS3 and still stand by my advice here
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