How to Stitch Photos Together in Photoshop

Written by cindy mikel
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There are times when a whole scene cannot be captured in one frame of a camera. That does not mean a photographer has to pass up that majestic mountain view or an expansive city skyline. Instead, he or she can stitch two or more images together in one of Adobe's Photoshop programs to create a panoramic photograph that captures the entire scene. If photographs are going to be stitched together, they should have the same exposure and focal plane.

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Things you need

  • Photoshop
  • two photographs

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  1. 1

    Load each photo to be stitched together into Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Create a new file for the stitched photograph by going to "File," and then "New."

  3. 3

    Make the background white and size the resolution of the new file to be a little bigger than the size of the individual frames combined.

  4. 4

    Drag each of the images to be stitched into the new file by using the move tool. Drag them in the order in which they will appear in the stitched photo, and the program will automatically name each layer in numerical order.

  5. 5

    Click Layer 2 (the one on the left) and slide the opacity slider on the layers palette to 50 per cent.

  6. 6

    Drag the Layer 2 image and superimpose it on the next picture. Check alignment by making sure that a prominent object in both frames overlaps exactly.

  7. 7

    Go to "View" and "Show Rulers." Drag a ruler to where the two images overlap on the right and another where they overlap on the left.

  8. 8

    Change Layer 2's opacity to 100 per cent.

  9. 9

    Click "Add a Mask" while Layer 2 is selected. Set the default foreground and background colours by pressing the "D" key.

  10. 10

    Create a "New Brush." Set the hardness to 65 to obtain an intermediate edge.

  11. 11

    Erase Layer 2 where the two layers overlap so Layer 1 shows beneath it. The layers are blended with the brush and make the transition between images unnoticeable.

  12. 12

    Repeat Steps 4 through 11 to stitch additional frames.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a tripod when shooting the frames to be stitched together.
  • Turn off auto exposure and autofocus to make it easier to stitch the frames together.
  • Make sure the frames to be stitched overlap about 25 per cent.

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