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1 Open the start files

Use our panorama start files if you want to fol­low our tu­to­rial ex­actly – they are num­bered 1-7. You should open them di­rectly from Cam­era Raw by first se­lect­ing all seven files, then right-click­ing any one of them and choos­ing Open in Cam­era Raw from the menu.

2 Merge to Panorama…

When you open more than one image in Cam­era Raw they’re dis­played as a ver­ti­cal film­strip on the left side of the win­dow. In the top cor­ner you’ll see a drop-down menu icon, and from here you need to choose Se­lect All and then the Merge to Panorama menu op­tion.

3 Choose your set­tings

Af­ter a few mo­ments spent merg­ing the im­ages, Cam­era Raw will open the Panorama Merge win­dow, where you choose the ‘Pro­jec­tion’ set­tings and Crop and Warp set­tings. By de­fault, the ‘Spher­i­cal’ pro­jec­tion is used and un­tidy edges are cropped off.

4 Pre­view the pro­jec­tions

You’ll see the ef­fect of the dif­fer­ent pro­jec­tions more clearly if you de­s­e­lect the Auto Crop box. Spher­i­cal pro­jec­tions com­bine the im­ages on the in­side sur­face of a vir­tual sphere, cylin­dri­cal pro­jec­tions use a vir­tual cylin­der, while Per­spec­tive sim­u­lates a su­per-wide lens.

5 Set Bound­ary Warp

The Auto Crop op­tion in­evitably crops off some parts of the panorama, and, if you don’t want that, the al­ter­na­tive is the new Bound­ary Warp tool. This ‘warps’ the full panoramic image to push it right to the edges of the frame – the down­side is that it does in­tro­duce some dis­tor­tion.

6 Merge the im­ages

When you’re happy, click the Merge but­ton in the top-right cor­ner. When the merge process is fin­ished, a new merged DNG file ap­pears in the Cam­era Raw film­strip (even if you started with JPEGs). You can now open this in Pho­to­shop or sim­ply save it out as a new file.

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