Creating a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Sometimes, you need to capture an image of something so enormous that your camera lens simply can’t take it all in. One way to solve this involves using the Photomerge tool in Photoshop. For this tutorial, I’m going to use a set of three shots I took of my dorm room desk.

Opening files in Photoshop.

Opening our files.

First, you’re going to want to open up all of the images that you’re going to be using in your panorama. Click here to download the full-res versions of the images I used in this tutorial if you want to try it yourself! These shots will also give you an idea of what to aim for when you shoot your own panorama images.

Opening photo merge

The Photomerge tool.

Now,  we’re going to open up the Photomerge tool by going to File > Automate > Photomerge.

The photo merge dialog box.

Our Photomerge dialog box.

From here, you’re probably going to want to leave the settings on Automatic, though feel free to experiment with the other ones to give your image a different feel! To add your images to the window, just click “Add open files”.  (If you have other files open in Photoshop that you don’t want in the panorama, you can either just delete them from the “Source Files” window, or you can add your panorama images straight from the “Photomerge” window).

Cropping our image.

Our Photomerged, uncropped image.

After Photoshop is done working, you’ll probably have an image with some garbage around it like this one. Just crop it to remove all of the white space!

the final image

Rockstar, beverage of champions (And college students pulling all-nighters).

And there you have it – a panoramic image from just a little work!

— Ryan

~ by Ryan Craig on November 11, 2011.

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