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Creating Panoramas
Image Stitching Software

PanoHelp.com: Visit www.panohelp.com for tips, techniques, and articles to help you create incredibly detailed panoramas.

Stitching: "Stitching" is the term people use to refer to taking (as input) a series of digital photos and producing (as output) a final panorama.

One of the quickest ways to start creating panoramas is by using what is called 'image stitching software'. This software works by taking individual images and 'stitching' them together to make a panorama.
Note: Many digital camera's sold today come with a CD full of software for your camera, including photo stitching software. Also, more and more digital cameras have a 'photo stitch assist' mode, which helps you to take pictures with the correct amount of overlap. So before you go looking for third party solutions, you may already have photo stitching software and not even know it! Some digital cameras even have 180° panorama stitch capabilities built directly into the camera.
PhotoVista Panorama: Here at Duckware, we use "PhotoVista Panorama 3.0". So, if you need to purchase stitching software, PhotoVista works really well for us.

AutoStitch: A couple of our clients have highly recommended a stitcher called AutoStitch. While we have not yet tried this program, you may want to.

Tutorial: Almost any image stitching software and a digital camera will get you started producing your own panorama. However, if you are going to send any time doing this over and over, you really need to invest in good equipment (digital camera, tripod, etc). How to make high quality panoramas.

Full Screen Mode: To take advantage of PMVR's new Full Screen Mode, make sure that you produce web panoramas around 1000 pixels high. Or, if you have a panorama that you really want to show off, publish a high quality panorama online.

TIP: When creating panoramas, create the largest (in pixels) panorama that your stitching software can produce. Then import the panorama into the VirtualTourEditor, where it will be resized smaller, as needed, to the height of the viewer. That way you still have the original high quality version of the panorama in case you ever need it later. For example, increasing the pixel height of the viewer -- or including the image in a brochure, where printing a high quality image really is a lot better than the web site image -- or producing a high quality panorama CD.
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