Monday, August 1, 2011

Faux but fun panoramics. Your friends and viewers will be confused for a minute.

Hi Pentaxian friends.
Photography is not only about light, pixels, composition, etc. It can also be fun. Here is a little fun trick that will confuse your friends and viewers for a minute. I call it "Faux Panoramic". It's actually a panoramic image composed of itself flipped horizontally and stitched together.
Choose an image that has an edge that, when flipped horizontally and stitched with the reverse image, gives the illusion of a wide panoramic image. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.
  1. Start by duplicating the image. Then, resize the canvas to at least  double the size of the horizontal dimension of the original image. Don't worry if it's too wide as the step  7 will take care of that.
  2. Go back to the original image and using the rotate command, flip the image horizontally.
  3. Using the rectangular marquee tool, make a window around the entire image and using the copy command (Ctrl + c together is the shortcut for this command).
  4. Now go back to the image with the canvas enlarged and paste the image into it
     (Ctrl + v together is the shortcut for this command).
  5. Use the move tool and place the image adjacent to the first one. Essentially, now you have the same image side by side, one original and one flipper horizontally.
  6. Using the layer command, flatten the image.
  7. Use the crop tool to frame the image equally.
  8. You can now use the healing brush to make the middle line, created by the opposite image, look more natural.
Click inmages for larger viewing.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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