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Techniques to Create Panoramas
There are many different ways to create panoramas and in this post I will show you one of the ways to do so. A panorama is a wide angle view of the region/scene around the observer. Nowadays, panoramas can be created by use of digital cameras – even the cheap ones, smart phones, and software that could stitch photos together to make them into a panorama.
The first technique I’m going to show you is with the use of a software called Microsoft Image Composite Editor or Microsoft ICE. ICE is a free panoramic image stitcher software created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. What it basically does is you import your photos, panned in any direction, and ICE will stitch them together seamlessly with just a few clicks and you’ll have panoramas in no time.
Let’s get started on how to download and use ICE.
If you want a more in-depth look, watch the YouTube video here.
- Go to Google and type Microsoft ICE. The first result should show you the link to ICE. Click on it and on the new page that opens, click on either Download ICE (version number) for 64-bit Windows or if you still have a 32-bit windows, click on the Download ICE (version number) for 32-bit Windows. To know the version of Windows you are using, click here.
- In the next page that opens, click on the Download button. The file is on 7.59 MB so it shouldn’t take long to download.
- Once the download is complete, run the software installer and follow the steps to install it wherever you want.
- Run Microsoft ICE and start making Panoramas from images or videos by clicking on either New Panorama From Images or New Panorama from Video.
- Lets start by creating new panoramas from images. A good tip for taking photos to be used in panoramas later is to use a tripod for smoother panning. If you’re on the go and don’t have a tripod, you can use a smooth flat surface to pan the camera from left to right or vice versa. It won’t matter that much because Microsoft ICE will take care of the rest for you.
- After you’ve taken your photo, save them into your computer. In ICE, click New Panorama from Images. This will take you into a window where you can look and open all the images you need for the panorama.
- To select multiple pictures, Hold Ctrl and click all the photos you want to use.
- After selecting the photos, ICE will now bring you into the first stage of creating panoramas which is IMPORT. You will see all the photos you’ve selected on this window but if you forgot a photo, you can still add more by clicking Add Images on the upper left corner of the screen or select unwanted photos and click Remove Selected.
- You can leave the settings on the right to create Simple panorama or if you know what you’re doing then you can create structured panoramas.
- When you’re happy with the photos you’ve selected, click Next on the upper right corner of the screen and let Microsoft ICE do its work in analyzing and processing the image and be turned into panoramas.
- The panorama will then be displayed where there are other options which you can use to modify the panorama but if you’re happy, go right in to Crop.
- In Crop, you can either crop the image until all the jagged edges are cut-off or you can use an option called Auto complete. What this does is it duplicates the pixels on the edges so that it fills the jagged edges to create one smooth rectangular image.
- After you’re done cropping, the last stage is to save your work to disk. Click on Export to disk and select where you want to save the completed image.
- For using a video to create panoramas, the steps are very much similar, just click on New Panorama from Video instead of images.
- For a video tutorial, you can watch the video below.
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