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Lightroom and Photoshop – Creating Panoramas

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Lightroom and Photoshop work well together, and Lightroom offers more than a few integration features directly with Photoshop’s processing capabilities. On of the direct links is to Photomerge, the Photoshop engine for merging images together into a panorama.

Shooting a panorama is easy, just pan your camera across a scene and take multiple images, making sure to overlap by at least 20-25% (I tend to overlap by about 50% just to be sure).

Once you have the images imported into Lightroom, you can send them directly into Photoshop from Lightroom with a click of a menu; it’s easy. And the advantage here is that once you save from Photoshop, your newly created panoramic image is imported automatically back into Lightroom’s catalog. Lightroom and Photoshop cooperate well together in many ways!

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

1 Comment on Lightroom and Photoshop – Creating Panoramas

  1. BetterPhotography // September 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm //

    Great tutorial! I frequently edit my photos in Photoshop from Lightroom and have, in fact, created panoramas that way. But I have to admit that I never looked far down enough in the menu to see the ‘Merge to Panorama in Photoshop’ option. I always stopped at the ‘Edit in Photoshop’ option at the top and then went from there. Thanks for the tip! And, by the way, I absolutely agree with you 50% overlap comment. Mine always work better when the overlap is a bit bigger….Thanks again!

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