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sacred valley mountains panorama

Creating Panoramas in Photoshop CS6: Mountains of Peru’s Sacred Valley

Posted by on July 12th, 2012

Yesterday I shot a panorama of two of the glaciers in the Sacred Valley of the Incas outside of Cusco. I would normally import these into Hugin to stich them together but I’m currently testing out Adobe’s new Creative Cloud service and Photoshop CS6.

If you’re interested in panoramas, you might also enjoy my 158 megapixel view of Seattle’s skyline.

I’ve already talked about how much I love creating HDR photos in Photoshop CS6 and I think I now love stitching panoramas almost as much. For one thing, it is super simple.

Once Photoshop is open, click File > Automate > Photomerge. This will open a new window.

This window is where you select your files, choose the style of stitching, and check different option boxes. Once you have your settings straight, click “OK” and watch the magic happen.

From here you can crop your image down and make other adjustments. Personally I am more comfortable with Lightroom so I chose to export my file back there to add a darker gradient in the sky and some vignetting. You can check out my final result below.

The largest mountain in the panorama is Nevado Chicon. Click the photo to enlarge or click here to open it in a new window.

This panorama was created by merging six vertical photos shot on my Canon 40D at 70mm, 1/100 @ f/9.0, ISO 400. I didn’t have time to set up a tripod so I shot hand-held with image stabilization on. All the photos were color corrected in Lightroom 4 before being merged in Photoshop CS6.