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Chapter 5. Compositing in Photoshop CS >  Stitching Two Photos Together

Stitching Two Photos Together

Ordinary panoramic pictures are the penultimate wide-angle photograph (the ultimate being either a 360-degree panorama or, perhaps, a picture that would encompass a complete sphere, with the camera at the center). In practice, 100- to 120-degree panoramas are easier to achieve simply by taking multiple pictures and stitching them together with Photoshop. This next project will show you how to do it, using Photoshop CS’s new Photomerge feature as well as a time-tested technique that can be used with earlier versions of the image editor. But first, a little background.

Traditionally, panorama photos have been produced using several different methods. One elegant solution has been a special panorama camera, which uses a lens that rotates from left to right in concert with a moving shutter, thus exposing a long strip of negative with a very wideangle view of the subject, something like the one shown in Figure 5.18. Such cameras tended to be expensive and required working with a tripod for best results.


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