Before I began using Photoshop Elements, I had limited experience creating panoramas. This was because making them without using a program specifically designed to create them was a major effort. After I began using Photoshop Elements' Photomerge feature, I was hooked. One of the challenges for me in writing this chapter is to remember that not everyone makes panoramas or photo montages. So, I promise not to get too carried awaymaybe. But, after you read this chapter, you might get inspired!
Photomerge in Elements 2.0
Adobe made several improvements to Photomerge in Photoshop Elements 2.0. The most important improvement is the way that Photomerge handles memory. In the previous version, panoramas were generally limited to 2MB; if the image you were creating got much larger than that, the dreaded warning dialog box shown in Figure 11.1 appeared. Be aware that you can still run out of system resources and still be unable to complete the panorama, but for that to occur, you need to be using immensely large images. Other than that, about the only other changes are that Photomerge has been somewhat streamlined. If you used the original version, you had several options from which you had to select at the start. Thankfully, those options have been removed.
Figure 11.1 Even with the improved memory management in Photomerge's newest version, you can still run out of memory.