How to create a Panorama using Lightroom and Photoshop

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In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create Panorama using Lightroom and Photoshop. First I am going to develop 4 shots I took this morning just outside a café in Lightroom and after I am going to import them into Photoshop and stitch them together into a Panorama. Normally when you shoot Panorama, you use tripod and would start from the left and go all the way to the right. In this case I didn’t use my tripod, I shot 4 shots while steadily hand holding the camera and it should work just fine for this tutorial.

Let’s import our photographs into Lightroom. What I am going to do first is develop one photo and then apply same adjustments to the rest of the photographs, because we are going to merge them together and want all shots to look the same.

Lets start with the Basic Panel, turn Shadows all the way down; Highlights all the way up; then we are going to adjust the white point. Do do that hold the Alt key (screen will turn black) and move the slider to the right until you start to see just a little bit of detail. Then do the same with Black point, hold the Alt key (screen will turn white) and move slider to the left. I usually move Black point further down then the White one. Then I am going to add some clarity and contrast, this is to your own taste. I am going to also add some Vibrance and Saturation. Numbers will vary on each photo so play round with the sliders and find what works best for your shot.

P1Then I am going to go to Detail panel. Move Sharpening slider up to around 80 and Luminance to around 40.

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Next I’m going to Lens Corrections panel and check Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberrations boxes.

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Now we want same adjustments applied to all photographs. To do that make sure that the shot we have edited is selected, then go to the last photo in the sequence, hold Shift key and click on the last photo. This will select all shots. Then click Sync button on the right. Dialog box will pop up, make sure that all boxes are checked and click Synchronize. This will apply all adjustments we made to each shot and make sure they are identical.

P4Make sure all your shots are still selected, right click on any one of them and select Edit In > Merge to Panorama in Photoshop.

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This will send our shots into Photoshop and open this dialog box. Select Auto in Layout options; make sure that Blend Images Together is checked and also check Geographic Distortion Corrections ( check it only if you have buildings in the your shot) This will straighten up geometric distortions. Aaaaand click OK. Photoshop will stitch all shots together, this might take some time depending on how powerful is your computer.

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Because I was hand holding my camera the image is distorted, you might have some distortions as well even in you used tripod while shooting.

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To fix this you can either Clone in into the blank areas or Crop your image. In this case I’m going to Crop it. To do that select the Crop tool or use keyboard short cut Shift + C and crop the image to your liking.

V8Our panorama is Done. Go to File > Save and you can Quit Photoshop ( Ctrl  Q )  this will close the program and automatically import our panorama into Lightroom.

As you can see now we have our four image merged into one panoramic shot. Photoshop has done most of the work all we had to do is crop the image at the end.

The last thing I am going to do is add a little vignette. To do that go to Effects panel. If you move the amount slider to the left it will add black vignette and if you move it to the right it will add white vignette. In this case I am going to use black one.

P10And that’s pretty much it, we have created a panorama shot using Lightroom and Photoshop. As you can see it is easy and literately quick to do. If you liked this tutorial be sure to like it and share it with your friends! Have fun and see you in the next tutorial!

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