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    Photo Stitching

    I'm trying, as a complete novice and non-professional, to do something that many of you will probably say is old hat. I have a need to "stitch" several photos together into a "wide angle" or panorama shot and am looking for a piece of software to do the job. I was interested in Alan Miller's <post:=570,928>post 570,928</post:> that there is a program called AutoStitch that I'm going to give a try. Not sure I quite understand the web pages for this product after the "free trial" expires, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I wonder if any Loungers have a recommendation to offer me, keeping in mind that I'm NOT a professional photog and may never do this again. I've been Googling up hints for how to do it yourself using PSP or Photoshop and that's fine and dandy.

    My need that brought this up is a wide angle shot at the nursing home where my wife lives. The web tutoring I've read, has provided nice instructions as to camera resolution, positioning, overlap and so on. I just wonder what the software recommendations might be for accomplishing the final task...

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    Re: Photo Stitching

    Hi Al

    I'll second the suggestion to try Autostitch.
    This program will accept your images, even including some that don't belong, in any order and sort out them out to provide your 'panorama'.
    There are many parameters that you can play with but just plunge in and go to it.
    Autostitch will 'expire' after a period of time but then you can download it again, so far for free.
    There are a couple of commercial programs listed on the Autostitch website that use the Autostich code.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Photo Stitching

    If you have Photoshop Elements 2 or 3 or 4 I know you can do it using them.
    You will find it at "File, Create Photo Merge"

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    Re: Photo Stitching

    Another option, if you have a Canon digital camera, is the PhotoStitch software that comes with the camera.
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    Re: Photo Stitching

    Thanks Doc, but I've got a Sony. I suppose, according to the writeup at that site, I could call Canon and they might send me a copy, but I'm just gonna give that Autostitch a shot later today and see what happens. Funny how software like this is - either free or VERY expensive - hardly much in between and not worth spending money on something when you might be 'bitten' in the billfold!

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    Re: Photo Stitching

    Try: <UL><LI>File|New|Image - bigger than you actually need ("Target")<LI>Edit|Copy, Edit|Paste As New Layer (on the submenu) for your first Source image<LI>Drag the new layer to where you want it in the overall composition. (You may not be able to do this later.)<LI>Repeat for each additional Source image<LI>Image|Canvas Size to trim uneeded edges off the final product[/list]At least that's what worked for me using PSP 5 when I needed to reassemble an image that was too big to fit onto my scanner in one go.

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    Re: Photo Stitching

    Thanks, that's a sound strategy. I'll have to give that a try, regardless of the outcome with Autostitch. If it worked in PSP 5, you would think that in PSP 10 ...

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    Re: Photo Stitching

    During this sad period of nine days without The Lounge, I did a little fiddling with Autostitch for the picture I was trying to make. Here's an extremely reduced copy of my last attempt (of several). The goal was to get a closeup shot of those two emblems on the brick columns, so wide-angle was necessary. I initially tried just taking three shots and stitching but this last one took eight pictures to get the size I wanted.
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