A panorama can be created using the Create Panoramic Image dialog. The dialog provides an easy way to combine multiple images with overlapping views to create a single, larger, seamless image. Before constructing the final image, the dialog will allow you to preview the results.
Opening the Create Panoramic Image dialog
To open the Create Panoramic Image dialog, click the Panorama button on the Tools tab of the toolbar, or select Create Panorama from the Tools menu.
Create Panoramic Image dialog reference
- Add Image(s) button can be used to add multiple images. Once loaded, the images will appear in the preview window. (Optional: Images can also be added by dragging the images to the preview area.)
- Remove Selected Image button can be used to remove a selected loaded image.
- Remove All Images button can be used to remove all loaded images.
- To change the order of an image, select an image by clicking on it, then click either the Move Image Left or Move Image Right button. (Optional: Click and drag the image so that it will move one step towards the direction)
Note: If the order of original photos is not right, a panorama may not be created.
- When all images are in the correct order, you can click Update Preview button to display a preview of the final image. The preview window will show a preview of the stitched panorama if the panorama is created successfully.
- If some photos are added or removed after the corresponding panorama is created, the panorama will be deleted.
- If you don't need a large resulting image, or are running out of memory, try using the Scale the size of the final image slider to adjust the output size of the final image. This will make the final image smaller, and will allow PhotoPad to use fewer resources during its creation.
Finishing the Panorama Stitcher dialog
When satisfied with the results in the panorama preview window, click OK.
A new PhotoPad project
will be created.
Tips for Successful Panorama Creation
- At least 2 up to 8 images are required for a successful panorama creation.
- The images must overlap each other (PhotoPad needs to find similar points in each image to fit them together correctly). As a general rule of thumb, make sure that each image overlaps the others by about 1/4.
- The images should be the same size, taken by the same camera. If your camera supports changing lenses, you should be using the same lens. You should also keep the camera zoomed the same amount for each image.
- The images must be taken from the same position. If the camera changes positions between images, the different points of view will make it difficult, if not impossible to stitch the images together properly.
- The images should be taken at the same time. Taking the images at different times will likely lead to different lighting conditions, or allow the subject matter to move. Both of these will make it difficult to construct an image.
- The target subject of the panorama image should be in a static position and not in motion, otherwise the resulting panorama image will not be properly stitched.
- High quality images are recommended to be used. For lower quality images, PhotoPad might incidentally select bad reference points. If the panorama created is not as expected, it might be worth retrying the Panorama creation since a better result may be generated on other runs.
- Panorama creation is a resource intensive process. It can take a long time, and will use a great deal of memory. For every computer, there is an upper limit to how large of a panorama it will be able to create. Using larger images, or more images will increase the computer resources needed to construct the image. If your computer runs out of memory, try scaling the panorama size down, or using fewer images.