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Chapter 12. Wide Receiver: Creating Pano... > Manually Stitching Panoramas Togethe... - Pg. 350

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Manually Stitching Panoramas Together Step One: Open the first segment of your pano. The photo shown here is the first of three segments that we'll be stitching together. Stitching panoramas together in Photoshop is fairly easy, if you follow these two simple rules before you shoot your pano: (1) Use a tripod to keep things level. That's not to say you can't shoot panos handheld, but the consistency a tripod brings to panos makes a world of difference when you try to stitch the photos together. And (2), when you shoot each segment, make sure that part of the next segment overlaps at least 20% of your previous segment (you'll see why this is important in this tutorial). First we'll look at manually stitching panos together, and then we'll look at the automated version later in this chapter.