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Creating a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release)

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Sometimes a vista is just too large for a single shot. Photoshop makes it easy to combine multiple images into a panorama so that your viewers can get the full effect. Learn how in this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).

This excerpt references lesson files, which are available with the purchased book.

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Sometimes a vista is just too large for a single shot. Photoshop makes it easy to combine multiple images into a panorama so that your viewers can get the full effect.

Once again, you’ll take a look at the end file first, to see where you’re going.

  1. Choose File > Browse In Bridge.
  2. Navigate to the Lesson05 folder, if you’re not there already. Then, look at the Skyline_End.psd thumbnail preview.

You’ll combine four shots of the Seattle skyline into a single wide panorama image so that viewers get a sense of the whole scene. Creating a panorama from multiple images requires only a few clicks. Photoshop does the rest.

  1. Return to Photoshop.
  2. With no files open in Photoshop, choose File > Automate > Photomerge.
  3. In the Source Files area, click Browse, and navigate to the Lesson05/Files For Panorama folder.
  4. Shift-select all the images in the folder, and click OK or Open.
  5. In the Layout area of the Photomerge dialog box, select Perspective.
  6. At the bottom of the Photomerge dialog box, select Blend Images Together, Vignette Removal, Geometric Distortion Correction, and Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas. Then click OK.

Blend Images Together blends images based on the optimal borders between them, instead of just creating a simple rectangular blend. Vignette Removal performs exposure compensation in images with darkened edges. Geometric Distortion Correction compensates for barrel, pincushion, or fisheye distortion. Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas automatically patches the empty areas between the merged image edges and the sides of the canvas.

Photoshop creates the panorama image. It’s a complex process, so you may have to wait a few moments while Photoshop works. When it’s finished, you’ll see the full vista in the image window with five layers in the Layers panel. The bottom four layers are the original four images you selected. Photoshop identified the overlapping areas of the images and matched them, correcting any angular discrepancies. The top layer, containing “(merged)” in the layer name, is a single panorama image blended from all of the images you selected, combined with formerly empty areas filled in by Content Aware Fill. Those areas are indicated by the selection.

  1. Choose Select > Deselect.
  2. Choose Layer > Flatten Image.

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  3. Choose File > Save As. Choose Photoshop for the Format, and name the file Skyline_Working.psd. Save the file in the Lesson05 folder. Click Save, and then click OK in the Photoshop Format Options dialog box.

The panorama looks great, but it’s a little dark. You’ll add a Levels adjustment layer to brighten it a little bit.

  1. Click the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel to add a Levels adjustment layer.
  2. Select the White Point eyedropper, and then click on a white area of the clouds.

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The sky gets bluer and the entire image brightens.

  1. Save your work and close the file.

It’s that easy to create a panorama!

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