Chapter 11. Photomerge: Creating Panoramas, Group Shots, and More

Everyone’s had the experience of trying to photograph an awesome view—a city skyline or a mountain range, say—only to find the whole scene won’t fit into one picture because it’s just too wide. Elements, once again, comes to the rescue. With the Photomerge command, you can stitch together a group of photos you shot while panning across the horizon to create a panorama that’s much larger than any single photo your camera can take. Panoramas can become addictive once you’ve tried them, and they’re a great way to get those wide, wide shots that are beyond the capability of your camera lens.

Elements includes the same great Photomerge feature that’s part of Photoshop, which makes it incredibly easy to create super panoramas. Not only that, but Adobe also gives you a couple of fun twists on Photomerge that are unique to Elements: Faces and Group Shot, which let you easily move features from one face to another and replace folks in group photos. And Elements has yet another kind of merge: Scene Cleaner, for all those times when your almost-perfect vacation shot is spoiled by strangers walking into your perfectly composed scene.


Elements 8 includes yet another kind of merge: Photomerge Exposure, which lets you blend differently exposed versions of the same scene (like photos taken using your camera’s exposure bracketing feature) to create one image that’s perfectly exposed from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. ...

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