Sunday, October 16, 2011

How to Stitch Images Together in Photoshop

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:
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.


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Anonymous said...

Hi, I love your instructions, by I had a problem doing what you said above. After I create my stitched-together image and save it (as a .tif file, for example), programs like PowerPoint and Word only display the base photo and not the ones that were stitched on to it. I am getting an image that is as wide as the canvass necessary for three images, but only the central image is there. The rest is just dark grey. Any ideas?

SeanONeill said...

Helpful. Thanks for posting this!

Christine McIntyre-Hannon said...

Thank you. This was very helpful for a quick tip.

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