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Basic Guide to Merge Images in Photoshop - Stellenbosch Vineyard with Clouds

Basic Guide to Merge Images in Photoshop - Stellenbosch Vineyard with Clouds

A pathway in a vineyard in Stellenbosch with long streaks of clouds. 

This photo is a panorama of 6 horizontal photos and then stitched with photoshop. I took this photo handheld while walking in the Blaauwklippen vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

This photo was taken in December 2013 with a Canon 5D MkIII and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
Camera Settings: f/8.0, 1/200 seconds and ISO 50

How to Easily Merge Images in Photoshop

I used photoshop to merge the photos together and then did a little bit of retouching and cropping to produce this wonderful image.

To just merge the images together was easily done with Photoshop in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open the images in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2: Go to File --> Automate --> Photomerge. Then this dialog will pop up:

Step 3: Click on "Add Open Files". 

I usually leave the layout on "Auto" and only the "Blend Images Together" ticked. If you want to you can use the "Vignette Removal". The "Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas" is a new feature to photoshop and can be very useful to fill up the open areas. At the time I originally merged the images this feature was not available and I manually used the healing tool to fill up the open areas.

Step 4: Click "OK" and the the images will start to align and merge.

This takes some time depending on how many images and the speed of the computer. I have 32 gigs of RAM on my Late 2012 iMac and it makes a huge difference compare to my new MacBook Pro 13" with 8 gigs of RAM. I once merged an image that was 550 photos and my iMac could handle it but it took a few hours.

Images busy aligning

Images busy aligning

Step 5: Fill up the transparent areas (previously referred to as the open areas) and touch up the photo

I did most of my lighting adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw so there was only a little bit of cloning to do.

This is how the output looks

This is how the output looks

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