Building the Panorama in Photoshop
If you followed the rules I’ve just set out, the rest is easy:
- Open Photoshop and then open all the photo segments (so all the photo segments are open at the same time).
- On Photoshop’s File menu, choose Automate > Photomerge.
- In the resulting dialog, choose Open Files on the Use pop-up menu. Make sure that the Attempt to Automatically Arrange Source Images checkbox is turned on, and then click OK.
- When the main Photomerge dialog appears, it will stitch the photos together into one seamless panorama (well, as long as you followed the rules laid out earlier). If you see a small seam at the top, between two segments, go ahead and click OK anyway—chances are that it will be gone when the final image is created. If for some reason it’s not, use the Clone Stamp tool (S) to cover it by pressing and holding down the Option key (PC: Alt key) and clicking in a nearby area of sky that looks similar, to sample that area. Then choose a soft-edged brush from the Brush Picker and clone (paint) over the little seam to hide it. Figure 3 shows the sort of result you want.