Creating an interior panorama does not only require great precision when you shoot the source images – it also requires some advanced techniques for stitching and post-processing the final panorama image. The close proximity of the different elements in the interior to your lens and the geometry of most interiors reveal even small mistakes in this process.
In this video tutorial, I will show you how to correct these mistakes by using powerful techniques for transforming and cropping your final image. You will learn how to create perfect interior panoramas – images that you can be proud of. The techniques will even work for single images.
Tip: You should also check out my techniques for creating vertical panorama images (Vertoramas). These will allow you to create breathtaking interior photographs.
In a Nutshell…
We are going to stitch our source images with Photoshop’s Photomerge function. When the initial stitching has completed, you may encounter the following problems:
Photomerge may have distorted your images such that lines that should be perfectly straight are crooked. I will show you how to correct this by using the Transform tools.
Stitching errors may occur even if you have adjusted your panorama head with great care. You will learn how to correct these using the Transform, Spot Healing Brush, and Clone Stamp tools.
Your image may not be perfectly symmetrical even if the architecture you have photographed is symmetrical. I will show you how to use one side as a template for correcting the other side of the image to achieve perfect symmetry.
Your panorama may have the wrong aspect ratio since the stitching process can sometimes squeeze your images unnaturally. You will see how to stretch the image out again to restore the correct aspect ratio again.
When you crop the image you may end up with pieces of the transparent background shining through in the corners as you try to optimize the composition of the final image. You will learn how to fill these holes so that nobody notices it. We will use the Content-Aware Fill tool.
We will finish off our work with some basic adjustments including Levels, Curves, and Saturation.