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Quick Panoramic Image with Photoshop's Photomerge Feature

I haven't posted about my photography in a while and honestly that's because I haven't done very many shoots in the past year. Between work and school and life, I didn't make much time for my hobby. Recently, I decided to dust off my Nikon D5100 and take a few photographs.

A storm was coming in and the clouds looked awesome and ominous over the city skyline. It made me think "that would make a cool panorama." Which reminded me of a quick and easy way to make a panoramic image that my photoshop teacher taught me. 

Now I know that phone cameras are getting better and better and I can take a panorama on my iPhone in about 7 seconds, but I won't necessarily be able to blow up this image on a large scale or get the quality I want. That's when this trick comes in handy.

All you need is a camera and a laptop with photoshop installed! I am using my Nikon and my Macbook with Photoshop CC 2014. You may want to put your camera on continuous shooting mode (or you can use the little running action guy) to gather more images for the panorama, but this is not necessary.

Stand in one place while you are taking photos. Begin taking photos from one side of the scene and either hold down your shutter as you turn your camera to the other side, or take images one by one of the view. You may even want to do this two or three times to make sure you cover every part of the scene.

Now to the computer! Upload your photos to your computer and put your favorites in a folder to make them easier to find later. Open Photoshop but don't create a new document. Instead go to file > automate > photomerge

Next a window will pop up with the photomerge options. Choose "perspective" on the left to start and upload your images using the "browse button" and navigating to the folder you made earlier.

Click ok and the process will begin!

Depending on how many images you used (the more the better), you will probably have something that looks like this for your result. Do not fret! We can fix this easily!

Crop the image until there is almost no background showing like so...

Then use the clone tool or simply copy a selection close to your background to fill in the space. We will clean this up with the spot healing brush tool to make it look more natural. 

note: if your background is more complicated than this you may need to take more images to fill the space or crop the white space out completely. This method works best with landscape photography.

Repeat this process until all of the transparent background has been filled. Then select all of your layers and right click > flatten image.

My image is still a little weird as far as perspective goes so I did a little more by going to edit > transform > warp to play with the image a bit.

And voila! 

The completed image! I know this is a very "quick and dirty" way to make a panorama, but in a pinch it has helped me and hopefully it helps you! 

Want more tutorials like this? Let me know in the comments what you'd like to see!

-Love, Dove