Selecting Photos to Merge

The first part of creating a panorama is selecting the photos you want to include. You can save yourself a lot of time and trouble if you go through your photos first, to be sure the color in all the photos matches, before you start your panorama. Figure 13-14 shows why you need to take this step.

Figure 13-14. Left: This three-photo panorama shows the biggest problem most people face when merging imagesexposure differences from shot to shot. Right: As you can see from the repaired version, it was necessary to sacrifice some color from the best photo (the top one) to get everything matched up. The Advanced Blending option (Section 13.4.5 ) joined the bottom two images fairly seamlessly, though.

Your starting point is a group of photos you've taken that can fit together side by side to show a more complete view of your subject in one image. When choosing photos to merge, keep these facts in mind:

• Elements can merge together as many photos as you want to include in a panorama . The only real size limitation comes when you want to print out your merges. If you have only letter-size paper and you create a five-photo horizontal panorama, it's going to be only a couple of inches high, even if you rotate your panorama to print lengthwise.

• You'll get the best results creating a panorama if you plan ahead when shooting your photos . The pictures should be side by side, of course, but you get much better results if they overlap each other by at least 30 percent. (See the box in Section 13.4.4 for more shooting advice.)

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