How to Create a Panorama in Photoshop

Every once and a while, there’s a photo that you want to share with the world. Sadly though, a regular camera can only capture so much of a location within its lens. That’s when creating a panorama of multiple images and merging them together into one sound image will provide cohesiveness, and show others what you’re really trying to capture. It’s a rather simple process that can be done in just a few steps in Photoshop.

First, you will need to find a location and snap pictures. The idea of a panorama is a 180º picture. The most effective and least time consuming way to take these photos is to start from your left and keep snapping photos from left to right. Using a tripod can provide a better result, but it isn’t 100% necessary to capture a decent shot. It’s best to leave a little overlap between each picture. It’ll save time later. It’s best to edit the photos once they are combined together–editing individually could make  your image look like it’s multiple images.

Once you’ve taken good pictures, you’re ready to merge them together in Photoshop. (The finished product towards the end of this post is a composition of 5 separate photos) Open Photoshop, and from the ‘File‘ menu, click ‘Photomerge‘.

photo merge

Now, you have a lot of options to merge your photos. Depending on the effect you’re going for, you can play around with the ‘Layout’ tab to create a different mixing. I usually stick with the ‘Auto’ setting—it’s easiest and does most of the work for you.


Choose the files you want to merge by Browsing and finding them. When you’re ready to see the final product, click ‘OK’. It will take up to a minute to merge the photos together.

You may notice some parts that need cropped out.  After you’ve adjusted the cropping and got rid of all that ‘fake’ area where the images aren’t matching up towards the top and bottom, your image should look uniform like this:

finished product

Now, you’re free to edit the photo just as you would any other. But, beware: try to keep the toning and editing uniform between the various photos. If you zoom in far enough, you can see the point where the photos are joined together and if you play around too much with it, you could distort the image. Happy editing!


~ by gdd7 on October 29, 2011.

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