How to quickly make a panorama
You get overwhelmed by the surroundings when you are out sight-seeing. You want to take a picture of the landscape like a mountain or beach. What you wish to get is a panoramic picture of the scene rather than a pic of what's just in front of you. Disappointedly, the lens of your camera is not wide enough to capture the amazing view. But don't be worried. You can take a few landscape shots and use the photo stitching software to merge them into a widescreen panorama. With a single Google click, you will find there are innumerable photo stitcher apps on the market. It takes much time to pick out a reliable product from them. To save your time doing so, I'll introduce you to an easy-to-use app to help you get the job done in the upcoming part of this article.
Photo Stitcher by Vertexshare
As the name implies, Photo Stitcher is a piece of software that is designed to stitch your photos together into a single one. It offers a set of editing utilities so that you can use them to further retouch your stitched photo.
After you launch Photo Stitcher, you will be greeted with a sleek and clean window. Most of the window is taken up by the preview panel. This is where you can zoom in and out the stitched photo, resize it by changing its height or width, and edit it. A series of editing tools are located in the right-side panel. The direction allows you to place the photos horizontally or vertically. The spacing enables you to add outer spacings as well as inner spacings to the stitched photo. The cropping lets you delete the parts you don't want from the stitched photo to obtain the desired portion. The shape drawing makes it possible to draw arrows, squares, and free-form shapes over your photos. You are also given the ability to use different styles of mosaics to conceal the sensitive parts of the photos. Perhaps you would like to make your work of art public and protect its copyright. Then, you can add a watermark to the bottom of the stitched photo or full-page watermarks to the entire stitched photo. The palettes are also provided to adjust colors of the spacing, watermark, and shape.
In a nutshell, Photo Stitcher is a professional photo stitcher that combines photos in a seamless way. Coming packed with some editing tools, it lets you touch up your stitched photo, decorating the photo or protecting some information. Due to its robust engine, you can expect a very fast combining process. Owing to the minimalistic design and intuitive options, Photo Stitcher can be quickly handled by both inexperienced users and experts. Regardless of whether you need to make a collage or merge several shots to create a panorama, Photo Stitcher is worth a shot.
Now, let's dive into the part of how to use Photo Stitcher to make a panorama
How to make a panorama with Photo Stitcher
- Set your digital camera to manual mode. This will ensure all photos shot have the same exposure value so that the final merged photo will not have varied exposure in different parts. Shoot photos from left to right and overlap one fifth of each photo between two consecutive shots. The overlapping makes sure the software will have enough raw material to recognize the common parts of two adjacent photos to be stitched. Thus, the stitching will result in a smoother blend between photos.
- Open Photo Stitcher. Go to the right-side panel. Choose "VERTICAL" or "HORIZONTAL" to align the photos vertically or horizontally.
- Throw your photos into the drop box. Or click on "File"->"Add Photo" to import your photos. You can also import photos by clicking on the "Add" button. If the wrong file is imported into the program, click on the "Remove" button next to the "Add" button to remove it.
- If the photos have large dimensions, you only can see some parts of it in the preview panel. When you come across this situation, click on "Edit"->"Fit Screen".
- Adding frames to the stitched photo is a good way to make your panorama more beautiful. Navigate to the "SPACING" section in the right-side panel. Choose the middle option. Pick one color for the frames on the palette. Move the "Outer" slider to increase the thickness of the frames as needed.
- Press the "Save as" button to export the stitched photo to a desired location. Or click on "File"->"Save As" to save the stitched photo into a destination folder.
It is super easy to make a panorama using Photo Stitcher, right? You may wonder whether you can use Photoshop to do the work. The answer is yes. In the following part, I will teach you how to use Photoshop to make a panorama.
How to make a panorama in Photoshop
- Click on "File" on the top menu bar, go to "Automate", and select "Photomerge". The "Photomerge" panel will show up.
- In the "Photomerge" panel, click on "Browse" to import the individual photos.
- As you can see, there are six "Layout" options in the left section of the panel. Choose a "Layout" option to merge the photos. Generally speaking, "Auto" works very well.
- There are four options at the bottom of the middle section of the panel. "Blend Images Together" is used to let Photoshop seamlessly blend exposure and color. "Vignette" removal is used to correct the vignetting effect at the edges. "Geometric Distortion Correction" is used to fix any lens distortion. "Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas" is used to fill the missing pixels. Choose these options.
- Click on "OK" to start the merging process. When the process is done, you will see a new photo in the preview area. Export the photo to the specified location.
A photo stitcher comes to your rescue when you need to combine some photos into a panoramic photo. Photo Stitcher is such a software tool you should go for. You can try it for free for 15 times. If you are satisfied with the result produced by it and want to buy it, shell out 29 bucks and you will get a lifetime license.