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Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:10 am
by cxsjr
For those of you who are keen photographers, I thought I would share this with you ....

I was looking into the benefits of CS3 over CS2 (which I use). The chap I was chatting with only recently purchased the CS3 upgrade so was still discovering the new features. One thing which he raved about was the automated photomerge process available in CS3 (this helps you 'stitch' several pictures together; to make a panorama for example).

I decided to give it a go and have purchased the upgrade. I have several series of pictures which I have in the past tried to stitch together to make a panorama but found quite often, due to shifts in light, cloud movement, difference in perspective etc, the results are mediocre.

NOT ANYMORE! - the automatic photomerge adjusts everything .... lighting, perspective, scale etc etc then renders the image into one, virtually faultless and stunning panorama.

It has to be seen to be believed!

A big WOW from me and a recommendation to anyone who enjoys creating panoramas  thumbsup 

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:15 am
by aloges
Does that have anything to do with autostitch? That's what i use, with results such as this.

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:15 am
by AC773
Very cool! I use CS2 and frankly didn't think there'd be any worthwhile reasons to upgrade, but I'll definitely have to give it a try now. Thanks for the heads up!  thumbsup 

BTW - got any samples?  Smile

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:21 am
by zak
thanks for the heads up, i will go install my test-version asap to see if the upgrade is worth it  Wink

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:36 am
by N231YE
Hmmm...I get a student discount, maybe its time to upgrade from Creative Suite 2.0 (CS2) to CS3.

Anybody have comments on Illustrator CS3?

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:24 am
by DeltaAVL
Sounds great, can you post an example of a panoramic?

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:16 am
by cxsjr
Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 5):
Sounds great, can you post an example of a panoramic?

Here we go folks,

Two images formed using the same 6 original pictures in each. Both have identical processing, are uncropped (obviously), have been photmerged and flattened:

CS2 .....

Big version: Width: 1500 Height: 335 File size: 135kb
CS2


CS3 .....

Big version: Width: 1500 Height: 328 File size: 131kb
CS3


For me, it was worth the £160 to upgrade from CS2 just for this .... I love it!

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:18 am
by AC773
Nice! That really is seamless.

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:20 am
by DeltaAVL
Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 6):
Two images formed using the same 6 original pictures in each. Both have identical processing, are uncropped (obviously), have been photmerged and flattened:

Wow, that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:22 am
by cxsjr
And here's another finished article, made up from 4 originals .....

Big version: Width: 1500 Height: 429 File size: 109kb
Franshoek


All these images are taken with a point and shoot Ixus but now I have the software, I'll be creating some super images with my 'proper' camera  Smile

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:29 am
by ZakHH
Wow! I am just getting used to CS2, but it seems I'll have to think about an upgrade already...  Smile
What is the earliest Photoshop version from which you can upgrade to CS3? I own PS6, but usually use our company copy of CS2. However, I'm quite sure my boss will not pay for an upgrade to CS3, so I'll probably have to buy it myself.

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:43 am
by cxsjr
Quoting ZakHH (Reply 10):
What is the earliest Photoshop version from which you can upgrade to CS3?

You can upgrade from PS7, CS or CS2, sadly not from PS6 Sad

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:13 am
by aloges

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:17 am
by cxsjr
Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):

These images also look good .... out of interest, how many images make up each of those you've posted?

Regardless, fair play, the quality of the stitch is good  thumbsup 

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:57 am
by mdodd
Holy crap! No joke, it does work amazingly!! I had given up with making good panoramas!!

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:39 am
by aloges
OK, I'm back now.

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 13):
out of interest, how many images make up each of those you've posted?

no 1: 5 photos
no 2: 3
no 3: 5
no 4: 3
no 5: 2
no 6: 3
no 7: 2
no 8: 3
no 9: 2
no 10: 2
no 11: 2
no 12: 2
no 13: 2
no 14: 3

I've got another one made from about 15 photos. It's a 360° panorama:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c81/aloges/panoramas/Helgoland.jpg

The original is a lot bigger and weighs in at 15220 x 2160 pixels and 16,2 MB. Don't be confused by the high number of photos, I usually take them so that every photo will overlap 50% of the next. For the skyscraper and church panoramas, it's best to turn the photos sideways.

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:45 am
by N231YE
Dang...that is nice!

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:32 am
by strasserb
Quoting N231YE (Reply 16):
joined exactly 1 years ago today!

Happy Birthday!

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:52 am
by vaporlock
Quoting Cxsjr (Thread starter):
NOT ANYMORE! - the automatic photomerge adjusts everything .... lighting, perspective, scale etc etc then renders the image into one, virtually faultless and stunning panorama.

I just recently upgraded to the full blown version of CS3 and yes, it is an amazing program. I've been using CS2 for quite some time. I also upgraded my Corel Draw to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 it is amazing as well.

As a graphic designer I use both programs and they are the best!!!!!

Phyllis  bouncy 

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:28 pm
by N231YE
Quoting StrasserB (Reply 17):
Happy Birthday!

Thank you...  smile 

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:29 am
by flyingKangaroo
Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):
I really don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but if it's just panoramas you're after, you can get that for free from AutoStitch: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

All of these were taken with an old Olympus µ300 Digital, joined with AS and levelled/cropped with IrfanView (in other words: rough and ready); click the images for full size:

Wow, those panoramas are amazing!! You've inspired me to go on a photo spree tomorrow snapping as much as I can...but I wish we had views like those of NYC over here.

flyingKangaroo

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:39 am
by aloges
Quoting FlyingKangaroo (Reply 20):
I wish we had views like those of NYC over here.

It's not that bad of a loss as long as you can keep Uluru and the Sydney Harbour!  Wink

RE: Photoshop CS3 Photomerge - WOW!

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:42 am
by flyingKangaroo
Quoting Aloges (Reply 21):
It's not that bad of a loss as long as you can keep Uluru and the Sydney Harbour! Wink

Ah, very true Big grin

Planning my next trip to Sydney as we speak..!

flyingKangaroo