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How to Create a Panorama in Photoshop – Video Tutorial

I love panorama photos. I check them out all the time on Flickr and I’m amazed at the unique beauty they create. There’s just something about a panorama that is grandiose.

So in this Photoshop video tutorial, I’ll show you how to stitch your photos together using Photomerge. You’ll see that it’s actually quite easy once you know how to do it. Photoshop really does almost all the work for you.

The first thing you’ll need to do is take multiple shots for your eventual panorama. When you take your shots, make sure you have some overlap between images. It makes it easier for Photoshop to merge the photos together. In this example, I took 10 shots of Times Square t o create a final 360 degree panorama. After cropping the image, I used one of my favorite plugins called Topaz Adjust from Topaz Labs. It’s probably the best plugin I ever bought!



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11 responses on "How to Create a Panorama in Photoshop - Video Tutorial"

  1. Thanks the video on creating the panoram was great… How do I export it as a 360?

  2. great work and agreat reply to the guy who said your work was lame

    your tutioral on panos was exelent i injoyed it very much i live on my own in far north queensland AUSTRALIA and cant find anyone to teach me i have learned very much today keep up the good work and rember a good deed is its own reward

  3. Yanik,

    Forgive me, but I’m a relative newbie in Photoshop, though I have the CS4 version

    I tried this tutorial out on some shots I’d taken (with a tripod). Exactly, pausing your video at every step and duplicating it on the image) However, instead of merging the shots seamlessly together, they’ve just been arranged in a line with gaps between them. So, when I flatten the image, all I get is a sort of film strip with white gaps in between. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks/Vinod

  4. Thanks for this blog post with video. I always like to see there is something I don’t know about photoshop. For me it’s easy to learn one way to do something and trudge along that path. Back in college I learned how to do this the hard way and last year a shot a panorama of my city (Seattle) at night but was daunted by the thought of all the time it takes to stitch it together. I’m going to try this today and I’m sure I’ll have new art up in my living room by end of day. I’m going to write a blog post about shooting panoramas soon, I’ll be linking back to your tutorial. Thanks again for sharing your content.

    http://irenejonesphoto365.blogspot.com

  5. Hi,

    great stuff. i have one question though, when i try to make panoramas with photoshop elements i can’t seem to get the sky right, when the sky is blue i usually get streaks where the photos merge and i can’t figure out how to fix it (the blues don’t seem to be the same). is it the way i take my pictures? i tend to use manual mode and not change anything, should i use another mode to shoot for panos? or should i have less overlap in my pics?

    thanks

    ward

  6. Please do not stop to post videos on Vimeo! I cannot access to Youtube from office 😀

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    @Todd

    DeNoise is great! Since I purchased it I haven’t touched Noise Ninja or NeatImage. Actually, Topaz Adjust has a denoising tab that works really great too.

  8. Thanks for the tip.

    So one more question…I know the company also makes a noise reduction software (deNoise)…have you tried that? Thoughts?

    Thanks again.

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    @Todd

    I wouldn’t recommend TA for stock since they are VERY strict on artifacting.

    @James
    Thanks for your opinion re HDR. Have a look at my other tutorials and I hope you can learn from them. I would suggest that you give constructive critisism sicne this is an educational blog. Just giving your opinion like “cop out” or “lame” doesn’t add value to other readers.

  10. HDR is such a cop out. your original image wasn’t bad at all, then you ruined it with the topaz stuff. granted, i’ve never seen any of your other videos, but if you use that same effect on every one, lame. if you pause at 3:39 you will see the van taxi with only two wheels.

  11. That is cool! I was completely unaware that Photoshop had a panoramic stitch function like that. Is that feature in CS3? I don’t have CS4 and so I am hoping it is not just a feature in there.

    And a separate question…how does Topaz Adjust work for stock images? The way some of the effects look, I would guess they would cause lots of extra noise/artifacts. Is that the case, or can you use it for stock?

    Thanks Yanik!

    -todd

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