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Lesson 5. Using Photos in Other Forms > Project 3: Merging photos into a panora...

Project 3: Merging photos into a panorama

The four photos you’ll use for this project are incremental views of a river running through farmland. This is an ideal opportunity for learning how to create panoramas because of the strong, distinctive lines made by roads running between the fields. You’ll use those roads as a guide for perfecting the orientation and placement of the photos, but only after Photoshop Elements does most of the work for you.

In Standard Edit, choose File > New > Photomerge® Panorama.

Click Browse in the dialog box that opens. Go to the Lessons\Lesson05 folder, select the 05_03a, 05_03b, 05_03c, and 05_03d files, and click Open.

If any other files appear under Source Files in the dialog box, select them and click Remove. (For this project, the photomerge works best if the files are in alphabetical order.) Then click OK.


You can also start the photomerge process in Organizer. Find and select the thumbnails of the individual photographs that make up the panorama and select them.Then choose File > New > Photomerge Panorama in Editor. Photoshop Elements automatically switches to Standard Edit.

Wait while Photoshop Elements opens and closes windows to create the panorama. If a message appears telling you that some images could not be automatically arranged, follow the instructions for arranging them manually.

In the large Photomerge dialog box, do the following to fine-tune the panorama:

  • Using the Select Image tool (), select the second photo from the left.

  • Select the Rotate Image tool (), and drag counter-clockwise to rotate the second photo, so that the road in the distance is parallel with its position in the picture to the right.


    It may help to click the Snap To Image check box to deselect it and to zoom in, using the Zoom tool () in the upper left side of the dialog box.

  • Switch back to the Select Image tool and drag the second picture down slightly so that the roads in the two center pictures line up perfectly. (As you drag the image, its appearance becomes semi-transparent so that you see the underlying area of the third photograph.)

  • Repeat the process for the picture on the far left so that the road lines up with the road visible in the second picture.

  • When you are satisfied with the results, select Advanced Blending, and then click Preview.

After examining the preview, click Exit Preview. Then click OK.

The Photomerge dialog box closes, and Photoshop Elements goes to work. You’ll see windows open and close as you wait for Editor to create the panorama.

Select the Crop tool () and drag a cropping selection around the image, being careful not to include any of the checkerboard areas where the image is transparent. Then click Commit () in the tool options bar to crop the image.

Choose File > Save, and save the image in the My CIB Work folder as 05_03_Work, and select JPEG as the Format. If Save In Version Set With Original is selected, be sure to deselect it before you click Save. After you click Save, the JPEG Options dialog box appears. For Quality, select 12, Maximum, and click OK.



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