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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Twelve: More likely what you'll get (especially if you handheld your camera or didn't allow enough overlap) is a warning dia- log letting you know that Photomerge "ain't gonna do it for you" (that's a tech- nical phrase coined by Adobe's Alabama tech office). In other words--it's up to you. So if you've had problems since Step 3, read on. Step Thirteen: Once you click OK in that warning dialog, Photomerge will try to merge as many segments together as possible. The segments it can't merge will be placed in the Lightbox (the horizon- tal row across the top of the dialog). Although Photomerge didn't do all the work for you, it can still help--just make sure the Snap to Image checkbox (in the bottom right-hand corner) is turned on. Step Fourteen: Using the Select Image tool (the hol- low arrow at the top of the Toolbox on the left), drag a segment from the Lightbox into your work area near the first image. When you get close to the main image, release your mouse button. If Photomerge sees a common overlap- ping area, it will snap them together and blend any visible edges (thanks to Snap to Image). If you need to rotate a segment, click on it with the Select Image tool first, then switch to the Rotate Image tool (R), and click-and- drag within the segment to rotate it. When the images are stitched together, click OK. You'll have a little cropping to do, but outside of that, Photomerge does most of the work. Creating Panoramas Chapter 12 359