How to Create Panoramic Image in Lightroom Classic

Create Panoramic Image in Lightroom Classic

One of the cool features which Lightroom Classic have to offer is to create a panoramic image using several overlapping photographs. Beside stitching several photos, usually 2 or 3, you can merge even multiple rows of photos with quick preview and even background activity of creating panorama.

In this tutorial, I will guide you through steps to create panoramic image in Photoshop Lightroom Classic and along the way, I will give you a few tips to make your job easier.

How to shoot for panoramic image 

The best result in creating panoramic image you will get when planning them. The next step is to capture images in sequence one after another because it will be much easier for you to avoid mistakes and later to recognize and select images before using the merge command.

Here are some facts to know before capturing images for panorama:

  • There isn't any limitation in terms of image orientation and aspect ratio when capturing photos for panorama. For panoramic image, you can capture vertical/portrait or horizontal/landscape photos.
  • Photos for panorama should overlap at least 20-25%.
  • Beside capturing one row of photos which are overlapping you can capture multiple rows just ensure that photos are overlapping on multiple sides: 
    • Top right corner photo should overlap with the next photo and photo in the row below.
    • The second photo in the first row should overlap with multiple photos: photo before, photo after and photo(s) below.
  • I do not know for any limitation in terms of a number of photos but be careful when preparing for panoramic image because you will need a lot of processing power. I never used more than 18 images although I heard that people are using up to 64 images on new machines with 64GB memory.
Schema how to overlap images for panoramic image
Schema how to capture multiple images in two rows with overlap areas to create panoramic image in Lightroom Classic.

Creating panoramic image

I will recommend to you to switch to Develop module before evoking Panorama command. The reason for this recommendation is to use profile correction from the Lens Correction panel before stitching images what is strongly recommended. You can automate this task by saving new camera defaults or by creating preset with lens correction adjustment included.

Here are the steps to create panoramic image:
  • Select all the photos which you want to include in panoramic image.
  • Go to Photo > Photo Merge > Panorama (Ctrl + M). Another way is to right-click on selected photos > Photo Merge > Panorama.
  • Create Panorama command in Lightroom Classic
  • Wait a couple of seconds while Lightroom creates a preview in Panorama Merge Preview dialog.
  • Try different projection under Select a Projection if you are not satisfied with whatever projection was active or simply check if another projection gives you a better result.
  • Use Boundary Warp to solve the problem of uneven edges.
  • Boundary Warp in Lightroom When Creating Panoramic Images
  • Auto Crop command will automatically crop panorama what may result in detail lost.
  • Auto Settings will apply auto color and tone adjustments.
  • Create Stack command will stack created panorama and images used in the process.
  • The last click is on Merge button and photo merge task will start processing images in the background, you can continue working in Lightroom without to wait for photomerge process to finish.

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 8.3.1

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