Creating a Stylish Panorama with Photoshop Panographies

Capturing an entire landscape or a tall building can be difficult with photography, but panorama Photoshop techniques can make this easier. Taking panoramic photos has always been possible by manually piecing together photos to create a panoramic shot, however this was time consuming and fairly complex. A much easier solution is to use Photoshop.

Photoshop has a few tools which can make stitching together multiple photographs into one large panoramic shot very simple. With a few clicks of the mouse, you will be able to create beautiful and stylish panoramic photos.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Digital Photographs 
  • Photoshop

Step 1: Setting Everything Up

Before you can use Photoshop to stitch your photos together, you will first need to take some photos. Go out into the world and find a landscape to photograph. When you find something you want to shoot, stand in the same position and rotate the camera slightly each time; it will be easier if the photographs overlap slightly rather than trying to take perfect photos.

Set the focus, f-stop, shutter speed and white balance manually. This will ensure that all of your photos look the same and that they can be stitched together seamlessly without any differences. For more detail, you can zoom into the picture slightly.

A word of warning: a more powerful computer will be required when working with more photographs.

Step 2: Taking the Photos

Now, take the photos that you want to form your panorama. Stand in the same spot and move the camera. Make sure that you move the camera in all of the directions required to get the best shot. It will also be easiest to assemble the photos if they overlap.

Cover each shot with several different pictures so that you have the best chance of making the panoramic shots work. Make sure you don't forget one of the shots, otherwise you will be left with a hole which can't be filled.

Step 3: Preparing the Files

Now, it's a matter of copying the photos off your camera and storing them on your computer. Then, you can open each photo in Photoshop and adjust the sizes of the photos. Resize them to either a height or width of 800 pixels. It's a good idea to work on a copy of the original photos so that you have the originals safe in case you make a mistake.

Step 4: Loading a Canvas

Create a new canvas which is big enough to be home to all of the images. You can always expand this canvas if needed. Copy each of the resized images to your canvas; it should be possible to copy up to 10 photos at a time to speed this up.

Step 5: Assembly

Now, set the photos opacity to around 50% for each of the photos. Use the transform function to rotate the photos so that they fit perfectly on the other photos. Drag all of the photos together and piece them together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once you're happy with the way all of the photos are fitted together, you can then make color, level and contrast adjustments. Once this has finished, you will then be able to share your photo online or print it out.

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