Stitch Scenes with the Photoshop Elements 11 Photomerge Panorama Command - dummies

Stitch Scenes with the Photoshop Elements 11 Photomerge Panorama Command

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Photomerge Panorama command in Photoshop Elements 11 enables you to combine multiple images into a single panoramic image. You can take several overlapping photos, from skylines to mountain ranges, and stitch them together into one shot.

Follow these steps to assemble your own Photomerge Panorama composition:

1In the Photo Editor, in Expert mode, choose Enhance→Photomerge→Photomerge Panorama.

This command is the only Photomerge command that is accessible only from the Expert mode or from the Organizer.

2In the first Photomerge dialog box, select your source files.

You can select from Files (which uses individual files you select) or from Folder (which uses all images in a folder) from the Use drop-down list. Click the Add Open Files button to use all currently open files. Or click the Browse button to navigate to certain files or folders.

3Under Layout, select a projection mode.

After you choose a mode, Elements opens and automatically assembles the source files to create the composite panorama in the work area of the dialog box.

Elements alerts you if it can’t automatically composite your source files. You then have to assemble the images manually by using the Interactive Layout mode.

One more option is available: Interactive Layout. This option opens the work area pane. Elements tries to align and stitch the images the best it can, but you may have to manually complete or adjust the panorama, as shown.

4Select one of the following options and then click OK:

Blend Images Together: Corrects the color differences that can occur from blending images with different exposures.

Vignette Removal: Corrects exposure problems caused by lens vignetting (when light at the edges of images is reduced and the edges are darkened).

Geometric Distortion Correction: Corrects lens problems such as barrel distortion (bulging out) and pincushion distortion (pinching in), which are both types of radial distortion.

5If Elements hasn’t already done so, drag the image thumbnails from the lightbox area (the small white area at the top) onto the work area with the Select Image tool (the arrow).

Alternatively, double-click the lightbox thumbnail to add it to the composition.

6Arrange and position your images using one or more of the following tools:

Select Image tool: Positions the images.

Rotate Image tool: Makes rotations.

Zoom and Move View tools: Help view and navigate around your panorama, respectively.

Navigator View box: Zooms into and out of your composition when you drag the slider.

Snap to Image option: Enables overlapping images to automatically snap into place.

7To adjust the vanishing point, first select the Perspective option in the Settings area and click the image with the Set Vanishing Point tool.

A vanishing point is the point on the horizon where perspective planes recede and eventually converge. By default, Elements selects the center image as the vanishing point. If necessary, you can move the other images.

When you select the Perspective setting, Elements links non–Vanishing Point images to the Vanishing Point image. To break the link, click the Normal Setting button or separate the images in the work area.

8Click OK to create the panorama.

You may get the Clean Edges dialog box asking you whether you’d like to have Elements automatically fill in the edges of your panorama. Say yes. Rather than cropping off any gaps around the edges of your image, Elements analyzes your content and then gives you a content-aware fill. The file opens as a new file in Elements.