Step A -- Stitch the central row
In this step, you stitch the central row of images into a 360 degree
panorama. This central row is used as the starting point for the full
sphere panorama. It establishes the focal length and the horizontal
axis of the panorama.
Start a new project and immediately Cancel the Wizard.
menu) to import the images images for all rows into the project file and make sure they
are arranged left to right in each row, one row after the other.
Here are the images we'll be using in this example:
Select the thumbnails in the central row (tilt
angle zero) row and choose the
Stitch with the
Wizard command (New image menu).
Choose Semi-automatic photo stitching on
Select Automatically detect focal length and Correct barrel distortion
I recommend not selecting any checkboxes on
You should disable automatic fine tuning of
the image alignment because stitching is a lengthy process and may require some back-and-forth in
the program. Fine tuning in the Wizard will slow things down. You can
Fine tune command (Image
menu) after stitching is finished, so itís often
best to postpone this step until everything else is just right.
If you have used your camera in manual exposure
mode, exposure matching and exposure correction should be
unnecessary. If you decide later you want to try these options
after you're done stitching, you can use the
Blending properties dialog box (Tools
menu) to change the settings.
Sharpening is best applied to the final image,
not to each stitched row individually. so we disable it for the
Select 360 degree panorama and Spherical projection on
Place stitching points on
Wizard 6/9 to stitch the first row of the panorama. I recommend this procedure
for plsacing stitching points:
points on one image pair. I recommend using distant points and/or points all
in the same plane.
After placing 5 points, you should get a dot in
the Images list.
Once you have the image dot, go back to each stitching point in
turn and examine them at large zoom scale (400% or 500%). Adjust the
stitching points so that they match well on the two images.
probably sufficient to place stitching points on just one image pair
because you are using Semi-automatic photo stitching.
Examine the preview image to be sure the stitch is accurate. If it
is not accurate, return to
Wizard 6/9 to adjust stitching points or add new stitching points to
other image pairs.
Wizard 8/9 and select
Prepare for internet display and
Wizard 9/9 to complete the stitch and click Done to exit the Wizard.
At this point, you should see a stitched and
cropped thumbnail in the upper pane and the cropped image in the lower
Advance to Step B -- Stitch
the upper row
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