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Have you ever taken a series of shots, side by side, trying to convey the vastness of a scene? Why show a series of little shots when you can create one big one? You can use Windows 7 Live Photo Gallery to create a panoramic photo. This new feature “stitches” together two or more photos to create a composite picture (assuming that you’ve selected a series of photos that cover the same panorama). It’s so easy that you won’t believe your eyes.

Windows Live Photo Gallery doesn't come pre-installed with Windows 7. To get Windows Live Photo Gallery, you have to download it (for free) from the Windows Live Essentials Web site.

  1. Choose Start→All Programs→Windows Live→Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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    The Windows Live Photo Gallery window opens.

  2. Get the photos into Windows Live Photo Gallery.

    You can use the Picture and Video Import program to pull them off a camera, copy or move the pictures to your Pictures Library, or direct Photo Gallery to add a specific folder by choosing File→Include a folder and then selecting the desired folder.

  3. Select the photos that you want WLPG to stitch.

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    Press the Ctrl key while selecting the various shots, or if they’re all the files in a given folder, open the folder and press Ctrl+A.

  4. Choose Make→Create Panoramic Photo.

    WLPG asks you to verify which pictures you want to have stitched.

  5. Type a name for the stitched picture and click Save.

    WLPG stitches together the pictures — and you don’t have to lift a finger.
    WLPG stitches together the pictures — and you don’t have to lift a finger.

    WLPG takes a few minutes and then produces a fabulous stitched result.

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