by Amy, Studio Assistant
Do you have a single image on two or more photos that you’d like to “stitch” together to create one large photo? Or maybe two separate images that you want to place side-by-side into one image? Here, you can learn how with Photoshop CS5.
There are two simple ways to combine multiple images into one. The first is with an automated function within Photoshop called “Photomerge.” This function is intended for use with panoramic views and is very easy to use; however, it only stitches images together horizontally, so if you need a vertical stitch, you’ll have to go another route.
Note: Photomerge is also available on CS4, so for those in the DMS using a PC, never fear! This will still work.
To create a Photomerge composition, choose File > Automate > Photomerge.
Now select your image files and click Open.
After that, you can specify the layout and blending options you want. The options you need are based on how you photographed the panorama. For example, if you’ve photographed images for a 360-degree panorama, the Spherical layout option is recommended. This option stitches the images and transforms them as if they were mapped to the inside of a sphere, which simulates the experience of viewing a 360-degree panorama.
The Adobe help site recommends this video to help explain Photomerge: www.adobe.com/go/vid0013
The second simple way to combine two photos in Photoshop is by tiling them. This shows a horizontal tile, but you can use this vertically as well.
Open all of the images to stitch together separately in Photoshop.
Now select: Window > Arrange > Tile
You now need to adjust the canvas size of the first image so that all the photos will fit. My photos were all 800 square pixels and they needed to be stitched horizontally, so I adjusted the width to 2400 pixels and set the placement of the image to the left.
Select the Move tool, then drag each of the images into the document you just prepared (via the tab at the top of each image), and align them in the right order.
Each image will be placed as a separate layer, so to move them around, you must select the image’s layer accordingly. From here you can crop and adjust as needed and save.