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03/17/2010 10:50:42 PM · #1
Help! I want to take a single panoramic photograph that I already have and break it up into 3 different 8x10s so they can be framed and hung next to each other but I can't seem to find an easy way to do this. I have Lightroom but there doesn't seem to be a way to do it there. I've tried "ImageElements Photo Cropper" and that does exactly what I need but it puts a watermark on the photos unless I purchase the program. I don't want to purchase it because this will likely be a one time deal and I'm not sure if I can trust the retailer. Any other suggestions???
03/17/2010 11:12:38 PM · #2
Print the whole thing as is and cut it?
03/17/2010 11:24:45 PM · #3
I would divide it into 3 equal files using the Canvas Size tool in Photoshop. Just set it to percent and take 66% off the left and right to get the two end pieces. To get the middle piece, take 33% off one side, then 50% off the resulting piece. You may have to crop the photo first so that each piece is the correct aspect ratio for printing 8X10. I don't use Lightroom, so I'm not sure if it has Canvas Size.
03/17/2010 11:27:04 PM · #4
Here's a general guide to doing it in Lightroom:
- Select the photo in the library, and go to the Develop module
- Select the crop tool, and constrain the aspect ratio to 8x10. If required, change the orientation by dragging one corner of the crop rectangle on the photo
- Position your crop for the first image
- Export
- move the crop (or more descriptively, move the image under the crop rectangle) to the position for the second image
- Export
- Lather, rinse repeat

03/17/2010 11:36:18 PM · #5
1st... Thanks for the quick responses. While these solutions may all work I was hoping there was a tool out there that would automatically do it for me so that everything lines up perfectly. Here are the issues I have with the solutions posed:
1) "Just print it and cut it" - Could be difficult to get it perfect without the right tools plus I would prefer to have separate digital images
2) "Photoshop" - Don't have it
3) "Lightroom" - Would prefer a Lightroom solution but the one posed has a high margin of error given that you're just eye balling the position. Especially the middle position.

Would love to here more ideas if you have them!

Thanks again!
03/17/2010 11:52:55 PM · #6
How perfect are you going to need it? If you have it in frames there will be picture loss from the bevel of the frame.
03/18/2010 12:04:02 AM · #7
If you are willing to send it out for print then there may be an easier Lightroom solution. I have made simulated Pano shots before like this one:
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You use the Lightroom Print module by making a large print sheet with three 10 x 8 panels separated by whatever gutter width you want. For three 8 x 10's you would need a sheet larger than 10" high by 24" wide. A standard print size would be something like 24 x 30 or so. That would actually give you room to make two sets of prints by making two rows (6 panels 2x3 on the paper). You import the pano picture into each panel separately (same picture multiplele times). You then move the picture around in each panel to get the effect you want it to look like on the wall. Once done you save it as a jpg file instead of printing and send it off to a printer who can print that size like Mpix. I actually print these on 13 x 19 paper and then frame them like a triptych and they look cool. It makes a standard shot look like a pano. In your case you can then have the printer, or yourself, cut them down to 8x10's.

I know it is not automatic like you wanted but it really is quite simple once you have done one.
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