One of my favorite styles of image is a panoramic photo. Creating this type of image in Adobe 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.
- 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).
- Click the Use pop-up menu and choose Files (to select individual images) or Folders (to choose an entire folder).
- Click the Browse button and navigate to the files or folder you want to use.
- 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).
- 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.
- Click OK to begin the Photomerge process. Photoshop opens all of the images and assembles them.
- After merging the image, Photoshop will show you the new file. It may have some distortion (depending upon how you shot the photo).
- Select all of the layers in the Layers panel (shift+click).
- Choose Layer > Smart Objects >Convert to Smart Object to create a merged copy (that can still be modified if needed).
- Choose Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle and use the Adaptive Wide Angle command to remover any distortion (see this post).
- The missing pixels can be filled in using Content Aware fill.
- The resulting image after some color correction.
Disclaimer: This is just one workflow for panoramic images.