photoshop creative
Apr
7

The art of panoramas – feature excerpt

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Magazine, by The Photoshop Creative Team
April 7, 2011

Not every subject naturally lends itself to the sweeping, grand style of a panoramic shot, but for those that do it can be one of the most effective photographic techniques available to you. They usually take the form of landscapes, enabling us to extend the vision beyond the peripheral to give a sometimes jaw-dropping view of the place we’ve been to show others. But panoramas don’t have to be limited to landscapes, and they don’t even have to be horizontal either.
Here we dive into the world of the panorama, taking …

Not every subject naturally lends itself to the sweeping, grand style of a panoramic shot, but for those that do it can be one of the most effective photographic techniques available to you. They usually take the form of landscapes, enabling us to extend the vision beyond the peripheral to give a sometimes jaw-dropping view of the place we’ve been to show others. But panoramas don’t have to be limited to landscapes, and they don’t even have to be horizontal either.

Here we dive into the world of the panorama, taking you through what’s involved in the process of shooting each image and then stitching them together to form an extended view. Photoshop has made our lives that much easier for creating these wondrous scenes, with Photomerge taking the helm. This feature, found under Automate, does all the thinking when it comes to merging images together, as all that’s required of you is to shoot the images and retouch the final effect afterwards.

You can even take things one step further and get a bit more creative with the final stitch. Over the next few pages you’ll find out how to turn a panoramic image into a planet shape as well as how to separate your panorama into pieces and achieve a tiled version of the effect.

If you ever have the opportunity to sweep your camera across a stunning view, landscape, cityscape, or otherwise, you’ll find that the effort is well worth the final result; a memento that will continue to take your breath away.