|Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 12:58 am: |
The trial version created very, very washed out panoramas when I used it. With the registered version, the colors are better but still subdued compared to the individual shots from which the panorama was stitched. I can tweak it with Photoshop plug-ins to make the coloring somewhat more bold, but it still isn't what the original shots were. Otherwise, the blending is terrific.
What would you suggest to get a less washed-out panorama that is still blended well?
|Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 8:46 am: |
Several users have described color problems with terms like:
- Washed-out images
- Muddy sky
- Posterisation effects
Happily, a single approach may be used to fix any of these problems. Color problems like these occasionally result from the automatic exposure matching or the automatic exposure correction performed by The Panorama Factory.
The automatic Exposure matching works well for many images, but not for all. For example, it may not be possible to exposure match a 360 degree panorama that includes images into deep shadow and into bright sun (maybe including the sun itself).
The automatic Exposure Correction function tries to balance the resulting image to a pleasing range of brightnesses including black and white (it is a histogram stretching function). Sometimes this results in poor rendering of some areas of the image, particularly for especially dark images (e.g. night scenes) or for images with a wide variation from bright to dark.
I suggest you try disabling both Exposure Matching and Exposure Correction to see what happens. You disable them on Wizard step 3 or the Blending properties dialog (Tools menu).
Then you can try re-enabling the options one at a time. After stitching (with the Wizard or the Classic interface) but before closing the project, you can change these settings with the Blending properties dialog (Tools menu). PF will recalculate the image without repeating the whole stitching process. If you are using the Wizard, be sure to press the Done button before trying to use the Blending properties dialog.
If disabling automatic Exposure matching produces an image with unacceptable brightness variations, you may want to try manually adjusting the Exposure Matching. Read There are abrupt changes in brightness for step-by-step instructions about adjusting the exposure matching. (Please note that exposure matching must be enabled before manually adjusting it.)
|Posted on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:37 pm: |
Stitching the panorama with no Exposure Matching and no Exposure Correction gave a panorama with a good blend. Then, taking the Exposure Correction to -1 brought the colors out beautifully. Many, many thanks.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 7:04 am: |
My pictures look good in Photoshop and also the thumbnails in Panorama Factory. In the final panorama the highlights are washed out and if I correct the exposure in PF and get the highligts fine then I canīt see any tones in the shadows(just black).
What to do?
Post Number: 136
|Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 9:53 am: |
Have you tried disabling both Exposure Matching and Exposure Correction as recommended above? If you disable both of these options, The Panorama Factory will not change the brightness, contrast or colors in your original photos. The final image should have the same appearance as your original images.
These options improve many panoramas, but not all. Sometimes you need to disable them for best results.
For more information, please read Controlling automatic exposure correction in the troubleshooting section of the online help.
(Message edited by jstrait on November 21, 2004)