3 of the best Pano stitch­ing pro­grams

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1 Pho­to­shop

The Photo Merge func­tion has been avail­able in Pho­to­shop as far back as CS2, but ear­lier in­car­na­tions were woe­fully in­ac­cu­rate. To­day, Pho­to­shop CC of­fers a pretty pre­cise and re­li­able pano stitch­ing fea­ture, al­though the soft­ware is still fairly ba­sic in terms of func­tion­al­ity. It does al­low you to choose dif­fer­ent lay­out op­tions, as well as of­fer­ing vi­gnette re­moval and geo­met­ric dis­tor­tion cor­rec­tion, and it will seam­lessly fill trans­par­ent ar­eas at the edges of the frame. adobe.com

2 Light­room

Adobe in­tro­duced Light­room’s panoramic stitch­ing fea­ture or Photo Merge in ver­sion 6, so if you own 6 or CC you’re in luck. The fea­ture, which al­lows you to save your pano as a DNG (RAW) file, works very well, and comes with some ad­vanced func­tions such as Bound­ary Warp – where the un­tidy edges of the frame are in­tel­li­gently filled in – and multi-row stitch­ing. While Light­room’s pano func­tion isn’t as ad­vanced as some other soft­ware, it’s sim­ple, in­tu­itive and fast. adobe.com

3 Kolor Au­topano Pro 4

French com­pany Kolor de­scribes this as ‘the best im­age stitch­ing tech­nol­ogy in the world’, and we’d agree. In terms of fea­ture recog­ni­tion and stitch­ing suc­cess, it’s far su­pe­rior to any­thing else we’ve used, in­clud­ing Pho­to­shop. It’s also fast, in­tu­itive, of­fers vi­gnette re­moval, eas­ily han­dles mul­ti­ple rows of im­ages, and sup­ports HDR panos. A more ad­vanced op­tion, Au­topano Giga, in­cludes a few ex­tra ad­vanced op­tions. For Win­dows and Mac. kolor.com

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