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Project 4. Create a Panoramic Image > Variation: Merging other images

Variation: Merging other images

The Photomerge feature doesn't have to be used to create horizontal panoramas. For instance, on your trip through Italy, you may find all sorts of grand church façades, but suppose your camera lens isn't wide enough to capture them? Shoot each part of the façade and then piece the view back together using Photomerge.

DESIGN TIP: Shoot great panoramic images

You may be wondering if there are any good tricks for creating a panorama or other type of merged image. Take a look at the examples here for some tips on how to create seamless, natural-looking merged imagery.

RULE OF THIRDS It's best if your images can overlap by a third (or more). This gives you something to match up.

EXPOSURE Keep the exposure as consistent as possible. This will help you avoid spending time performing lighting and color edits while making a seamless panorama.

DON'T MOVE! Seriously, when you are shooting images that you plan to merge, stay in the same place. This is an instance where you want to, at the very least, keep the same height and perspective. Some cameras have features that help with this. If creating panoramas is your thing, this is something to look for. Just remember: The more angle changes you make, the more finessing you'll need to do with the Perspective tool.


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