How to Create a Panoramic Photos With Photoshop CS Photomerge

These days you don’t need a special camera to create awesome panoramic photographs. With Photoshop CS using Photomerge makes the process quick and easy. Photomerge in Photoshop CS was created especially for panoramic photography. The process itself is really quite easy but the results of the merge will be depend on the layout and image source quality. The Photomerge feature permits the selection of images intended for automatic panoramic Photomerge and it also allows for manual arrangements.

Since your final photo depends on the quality of the source images it is necessary to make note of some tips when shooting scenic photographs. These tips include:

  • Use manual exposure when shooting pictures. Merging the pictures later on will be difficult if different exposures per shot are used.
  • Try to keep the camera as steady as possible when shooting. If you can, use a tripod to steady the camera.
  • Keep a long distance between the camera and the subject, especially when working with landscapes. Chances of parallax are greater when objects are too close to the camera.

Here are simple step-by-step instructions on how to come up with great panoramic images using Photoshop CS Photomerge:

  • Open several images of a single scenery in Photoshop CS.
  • Go to the File option, the select Automate, and then go to Photomerge. This will open the Photoshop dialog box.
  • Check that the images you want to merge are in the dialog box.
  • Next check the Attempt to Automatically Arrange Source Images box and then select Ok.
  • The program will then automatically select the images one by one, and attempt to merge them into one panoramic photo. If your photos don’t quite match you may get an error because the program cannot merge the images automatically. If this happens don’t panic. It is still possible to arrange the images manually.
  • If an errors does occurs, integrate the image or images that were not merged by pulling that image or the images from the top window into the panorama and arranging to the desired position. Photoshop CS will then integrate the image into the panorama automatically.

Tips for great Panoramic Photos:

Sometimes, clear lines that separate the images in the panorama may appear. It is possible to blend the lines so that they disappear. Select the Advance Blending option located at the right of the Photomerge window, then select Preview. Inconsistencies in color will be calculated by the program. At this point, the images will blend together.

Photoshop will combine all the individual images for your panoramic into a single layer. If you select the Keep as Layers option it is easier to edit each image individually. This is a great help if one of the images is brighter or darker then the other images. You can select that image in layers and adjust the brightness for just that image. It is a good idea to save the layers as a .psd file so that you can always come back and correct any mistakes or make any changes later. It’s a real pain to have to redo everything from scratch just if you made a mistake or want to change something later.

You can also distort the pictures so that the scene will look like it is in perspective. Choose the Perspective option on the bottom of Settings. You can also do this by choosing Set Vanishing Point in the Photomerge window, then click to an area in the panorama.

Using the Perspective mode can often produce panoramic photos in a more accurate manner then the Normal mode. The Normal setting usually does not match the images seamlessly where Perspective does.

You can also use Cylindrical mapping which is where images are projected into a cylinder.

Beautiful panoramic photos are easy to create with Photomerge in Photoshop CS. Photomerge will make the task a breeze for just about anyone to produce inspiring and professional-looking images.

Michael Mann

Show Me 3d Abstract Inspiration!

What is a web designer without inspiration? And what is inspiration without artists? This time, I was looking for talented 3d artists with great abstract skills across the globe. I’ve researched through many and many galleries to get the best (I mean personal) 3d abstract art available. I also included the names of the artists and there website. That means all the credits goes to them! I just made a GREAT top15 of my favourite art.

3DWhat? 3D Abstract art is a modern form of art designed on a computer (for the people who lived in a 3d box for the last decade). I wrote an article about it because I see a lot articles about fonts, photo’s and other art but not much about abstract art, strange! Maybe am I the only one who likes it 🙂

I want to learn it too!!!! If you are interested to make some abstract art yourself, you should learn some programs. 3d Abstract art is usually designed in programs like:

  • Autodesk 3d studio max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Daz3d Bryce

These are 3d programs and are perfectly to create complexed 3d models. After that, Photoshop is the program for combining the graphics together and add some effects to it. The finalize part is very important to change your art from ‘cool’ to ‘awesome!!!’.

I think most of the people who is reading this article, are familiar with Photoshop but not with 3d programs. 3d studio max or Cinema4D is the way to go to start with 3d modelling, because there are lots and lots tutorials available.

About this collection 3d abstract art is often used for desktop wallpapers and prints. I am sure if you type ‘3d abstract wallpaper’ in Google or Yahoo, you get lots of ‘cool’ art but I selected really the best of the best. Enjoy the graphics and BE CREATIVE!

Web Design Difficulties – 5 Ways to Get Inspiration

Every Web Designer has experienced it on more than one occasion – the lack of inspiration for that next stunning design.  Whether you are swamped with projects and simply cannot focus, or you just have not designed in so long that you have lost motivation, these tips will work for you.

1. Take a break – When you are trying to create a new design for a client, there really is no point to staring at the computer screen watching your mouse draw boxes on the Photoshop canvas.  Take a break: exit out of Photoshop completely and do something else for a bit that allows your mind to open up.  Try going for a jog (or maybe a walk if you are not the running-inclined), or even playing a video game or watching television. The key here is to take your mind off of the fact that you are having a hard time coming up with a design.  Then, when you return to your favorite image editing program (do make sure to return), you will have a fresh mind.  Or, better yet, an idea will have already hit you when you were on the break!

2. Colors – Color is a big part of design.  So, instead of just sitting there, go find something colorful to look at.  It can be something physical like a painting or sculpture, or it can be something digital such as color sharing websites (like http://colourlovers.com and http://kuler.adobe.com/).  A nice thing about the latter is that those kind of websites usually allow you to download a pallet for Photoshop so you can quickly jump in and start playing around with the colors.  If you don’t like a certain pallet, just switch to another one – easy.

3. Start somewhere different – Instead of starting where you usually start, try something different.  If you usually start creating the logo first, begin by designing the general structure of the website.  Use different shapes to give you inspiration – try different rounded borders radii, try not using rounded borders.  If you usually start at the opposite end of the spectrum, try creating the logo first.  Start out with some basic text – maybe the website name or URL.  Then spice it up… would that ampersand look better as a different font?  Maybe you should use different colors separating different parts of the title?  Play with font styles and sizes.

4. Get new fonts/brushes – No designer can have enough fonts & Photoshop brushes. Go searching for new ones – download a whole directory of fonts and brushes and play around with them in Photoshop.  Brushes are a great way to give inspiration: pick a good brush at a decent size and start splatting it on the canvas.  You may be able to actually fit what you make into a design, but if you don’t you might find a good color contrast or an interesting effect.

5. Use other designers to your advantage – Web designers can be of great inspiration to each other, either directly or indirectly.  Go out and talk to other web designers on IM, in person, on the phone, on social networking websites, etc.  Let them know of your designer block – they will probably share similar experiences with you and how they overcame theirs.  If you are not feeling so socially inclined you can also go out and look at other website templates for motivation – but be careful, you don’t want to rip anybody off.

So use these tips to your advantage.  Let’s start with the first one – take a break!  Good luck.