One of my favorite styles of image is a panoramic photo.  Creating this type of image in Photoshop is super easy thanks to the Photomerge command.  You can take several images and combine them into a seamless panoramic image. You can use Photomerge to combine images that are tiled horizontally, vertically, or both..

Use the following steps to merge overlapping photos into a single panoramic image.

  1. In Photoshop, Choose File > Automate > Photomerge.  You can also invoke this command from within Lightroom for a selected group of images (right-click > Edit In > Merge to Panorama in Photoshop).
  2. Click the Use pop-up menu and choose Files (to select individual images) or Folders (to choose an entire folder).
  3. Click the Browse button and navigate to the files or folder you want to use.
  4. Choose the following options:
      • Blend Images Together to have Photoshop attempt to seamlessly blend exposure and color.
      • Vignette Removal to correct for any natural lens vignetting (darkening) at the edges.
      • Geometric Distortion Correction to repair any lens distortion (often caused when shooting at a wider angle).
  5. Select a Layout option to merge the photos. For most situations, Auto works well. The other methods are specialized… I sometimes use Perspective if the image has a strong central area of focus which you want to build the panorama around.
  6. Click OK to begin the Photomerge process.  Photoshop opens all of the images and assembles them.
  7. After merging the image, Photoshop will show you the new file.  It may have some distortion (depending upon how you shot the photo).
  8. Select all of the layers in the Layers panel (shift+click).
  9. Choose Layer > Smart Objects >Convert to Smart Object to create a merged copy (that can still be modified if needed).
  10. Choose Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle and use the Adaptive Wide Angle command to remover any distortion (see this post).
  11. The missing pixels can be filled in using Content Aware fill.
  12. The resulting image after some color correction.

Disclaimer: This is just one workflow for panoramic images.


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Join the conversation! 21 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh amazing thank you so much! I’m so happy I have found this blog!!

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  3. This is an Amazing Trick which i ever used in photoshop thanks a ton

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  5. This is a good tutorial, would you be able to elaborate on the content aware fill and color correction parts? I find the difference between two last images just striking, what exactly did you do there? Thanks in advance.

  6. How do you end up with one layer?I got like 8…

  7. I’m using photoshop CC 2014 with Lightroom and suddenly my panoramics have decided to be fit to a vertical shape rather than horizontal, so not all images (of only four) fit across and I have a ‘floater’ above. I can’t imagine what I did that was different to previous merges. Any ideas how to fix it so that the design is a horizontal shape?

    • Make sure you have enough overlap. You can also arrange them in order in Bridge or Lightroom and invoke the command from there.

      • Thanks – I have 50% overlap, they are in number order and imported from Lightroom. Previous panorama results have been on the horizontal plane so that I end up with a ‘landscape’ result. This time it’s a ‘portrait’ result and i don’t understand how it came about. The original photos are portrait. I have watched the CC Photoshop ‘how to’ video and can’t work out what is wrong. The video used portrait oriented photos to get a landscape result, so i don’t think the shape of the photo is a problem. It’s the end result that is frustrating.

        • Make sure you update Photoshop and Camera Raw. Also use the Raw photos to merge… its possible you resized an image and if they don’t match in resolution they won’t merge. Also try auto method

  8. i could not find the option of photo-merge in adopt Photoshop 7 want your kindly helps.

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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