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06/26/2006 07:11:29 AM · #1
I recently uploaded this photo I took last week of this impressive storm. I used photoshop CS2's photomerge tool to stitch it, but i found it has its limitations on blending the pixels. Is there any other dedicated panorama stitching software out there? Comments on the picture would also me appreciated.
Clouds at Bermagui
06/26/2006 08:32:05 AM · #2
Panorama Factory is awesome.

06/26/2006 09:30:54 AM · #3
Panorama factory was pretty good a few years ago when I last tried it. It did not fit my needs at that time (lo layered output) but I understand it now has that capability.
Another option, if you are technically inclined from a software standpoint, is PanoTools and one of the graphical front ends for it. PanoTools is free, the front ends are free or low cost. PTGUI is my current front end. You can Google for others. PanoTools is perhaps the most capable stitcher out there, but it ha a somewhat steep learning curve, and no automated installation.
06/29/2006 04:23:13 AM · #4
Thanks for the great suggestions.
06/29/2006 09:58:34 AM · #5
You may want to also try Autopano Pro.

06/29/2006 10:28:22 AM · #6
Hmmmm... A lot of panorama stitching software was discussed to great depth in the Learning thread - Landscape Photography.
I tried out several pano software... CS2's photomerge, Autopano Pro, Autostitch, PTGui, Panorama Factory and Hugin.

My inescapable conclusion based on my own experimentation is that CS2's Photomerge is by far the easiest and most intuitive to use, but unfortunately produces by far the worst results. It sucks both with blending and merge mismatches. However, I'd recommend that over any other software in a heartbeat if it just worked better.

The best, in my opinion, is Hugin. However, it is a royal pain to install, get up and fully running properly and learn to use. It requires you to understand a lot more about the photo stitching process than you really want. But ultimately it is worth the effort if you are willing to go through the pain to install and learn to use it.

A positive with Hugin is that it is free. The negative is that because it is free there is no really good install that has all the niceties that you really need (like autopoint alignment generation) and the documentation is poor.

Message edited by author 2006-06-29 10:29:44.
06/29/2006 10:34:32 AM · #7
I've always used ArcSoft PanoramaMaker, because I got it free with some other software. It works suprisingly well for a freebee, as long as the exposure doesn't vary drastically from image to image. You can custom select the parts of the photo used to link each pair of pictures and make these nifty 360 degree things that you can navigate in quicktime.
07/19/2006 07:08:41 AM · #8
Does Panorama Factory or PanoTools support 16 bit images? I know that Photoshops Photomerge doesn't and I found out I need a program to do so.
Any panorama stitching programs supporting that feature would be great.
07/19/2006 07:43:59 AM · #9
I've not tried it, but I am sure that the combination of PanoTools/PTGUI will stitch 16-bit images.
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