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photoshop CS4 tip: merge photos

March 27, 2009

In the Adobe CS4 suite, ever wonder how to merge a series of photos to create a hi-res landscape? Please note: this only works if you took a series of shots of a scenery or subject matter. (i.e., from left to right, top to bottom, etc.)

First, navigate to your set of pictures within Adobe Bridge. In my example, I am using two photos in RAW format. In the Bridge menu bar, go to Tools > Photoshop > Photomerge…

photomerge 1

Select the Layout, meaning how Photoshop will handle the perspective and arrangement of the pictures.

photomerge 2

Click OK.

This part of the process may take some time for Photoshop to calculate, depending on the size of your pictures. Even longer, if they are in RAW format.

photomerge 3

In Photoshop CS4, your final merged photograph will appear.  Note: each image will be masked and in its own layer.  This allows you to save the native PSD file for later editing, if you wish.

photomerge 4

Finally, the cleanup.  Flatten the image.  Adjust the colors and brightness.  Crop out any stretched, unused portion of the composite, and save the panoramic file as a JPEG.

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