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Crop the Finalized HDR Panorama

Cropping is a final step in creating your high dynamic range panorama in Photoshop Elements, so you want to make sure you finish other edits first: Blend the transitions, sharpen, correct the color, improve contrast, reduce noise, and so on.

This workflow preserves your options longer. If you crop first, you’re stuck with it. If you want to go back and crop the panorama in a different way, you have to perform all the edits again to get back to the same place. So first make all your edits, and then save the panorama as a working Photoshop Elements file.

After you crop, save the image again (with a new name and type) as a final file to publish: for example, as a JPEG if you want to publish the image on the Web, or as a TIFF if you want to print it.

To crop your panorama, follow these steps:

  1. Zoom out to see the entire panorama.

  2. Select the Crop tool, and drag a border around the area you want to keep.

    This figure shows the crop box positioned over the bottom part of the panorama. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to rescue transparent areas. Cropping panoramas is a fact of life.

  3. Zoom in to see more precisely and then adjust the crop borders to weed out any transparent pixels.

    This figure shows the bottom-left corner of the panorama at high magnification. The light areas show where the rough crop box was. Move it into the image so the crop box won’t have any transparent pixels.

  4. Click the check mark to apply the crop.

    Here is the finished, cropped, panorama.

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