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Easily Manage the Size of Your Panorama with Photoshop CC

Rutland-water-PanoramaWhen you’re putting together a panorama you might find that the final image is way bigger than you’d have hoped for. Adobe Camera RAW has always allowed you to reduce the size of your images before importing but with the new Photoshop CC we’re given even more control.

imageIn this example I’m going to put together five images, all of which have the dimensions of 3744 by 5616 pixels. Laid side to side this would give me a panorama of 18,720 pixels! Of course, I’ve over lapped them somewhat so thats the most it could be, but even so, it’s still way too big.

Open The Images To Adobe Camera Raw

So, with all the files selected in bridge I click open them in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and click the Select All button in the top left.

imageAt the bottom of the screen I have some information about the camera and the filename and, to the left, a magnification amount. Currently, to fit the image on screen it’s being reduced to just 16.2%.



Change The Dimensions Of All The Images

Under that there’s a link in blue that tells us about the colour space of the image and it’s size in Mega Pixels. Like I say, this is a link so I’ll click it.


From the drop down menu, you can see that I can choose to resize the image in all manner of ways, that will depend on your workflow of course, but for me here I’ll choose Width and Height.


I’ve chosen 1000 pixels as the maximum width and height.

Choose Not to Be Smart… This Time

At the bottom I’ve chosen to NOT open the images as Smart Objects.

This isn’t my usual setting, I like my images to open as smart objects but doing so in this case adds another step to the process, and I’m all for fewer steps. I’ll click OK here.

Things may not look any different but a quick indicator that they have lies in that magnification box, I’m now at 25%


Making sure I still have all the files selected I’ll click Open Images.

Merge Your Images

Once in Photoshop I’ll go to File > Automate > Photomerge on a PC or Photohshop > Automate > Photomerge on a mac.


If I’d opened the images as Smart Objects, Photoshop would now be asking me to save them all before proceeding. OK for this 5 image pano but it could be very time consuming for larger images.

In the dialogue that appears I’m going to click Add Open Files and click OK, the rest of the settings I’m happy to leave at their defaults.


And Off Photoshop goes, aligning, merging and blending its little heart out.. Once the Panorama’s complete and cropped here’s my image size;

imageStill pretty hefty, but far more manageable.

What About Your Processing In ACR?

Well, now that Photoshop allows us to use ACR as a filter, I’ll bundle my layers into a Smart Object and do it now. Easy.

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

1 Comment on Easily Manage the Size of Your Panorama with Photoshop CC

  1. Bonjour;Merci pour votre tutoriel;Car je ne ses pas comment crée un Panorama et votre poste va bien m’aidé pour de futures projet.
    Je vous souhaite une bonne journée à vous et vos collaborateur.


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