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Partial hand held panoramas with vertical lines, using manual stitching

John Strait
January 2007

This multi-step procedure can be used for multi-row, partial panorama (less than full circle) stitching of hand held photos when there are vertical lines visible in each row of the panorama.  Please be aware that this function was not specifically designed into The Panorama Factory V4. It is a pleasant surprise that it can be done at all and that it works so well.

Please note that this procedure requires V4.2 or newer.

This is a fairly lengthy process. As with all hand held stitching, it requires a certain amount of patience and attention to detail.

I have personally tested this procedure for 2 row panoramas.  It should generalize to 3 or more rows, but I have not tried this yet.

The multi-row stitching procedure consists of these major steps.  Each step is detailed in its own web page.

  1. Stitch the first row
  2. Stitch the remaining row
  3. Rotate the cropped images 90 degrees clockwise
  4. Stitch the rotated rows together
  5. Rotate the fully stitched image 90 degrees counter-clockwise
  6. Assign panoramic properties to the rotated image
  7. Crop the image
  8. Sharpen the image if desired
  9. Save or print the finished image

After reading these web pages, you may wish to print the instructions to use as you work through the procedure.  The following web page has the complete set of instructions in a printer-friendly format, with the illustrations omitted.

Instructions in printer-friendly format

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Revised: January 10, 2007

 2007 Smoky City Design, LLC and John Strait