5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos

Mahendra Palsule 25-04-2009

You want to create your own panorama, but do not want to bother with messy details like control points and blending options? Here are 5 ways to get you up and running with your own panorama without getting embroiled in advanced photographic terminology.



5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos clevr panorama

Clevr is a website that allows you to upload your overlapped photos, sort them in order and automatically stitch them together. The site works with your choice of Adobe AIR or Java. Clevr allows you to zoom in, pan, save, and to share your panorama via email, or on Facebook and MySpace. You can also embed the panorama in your own website. You can read our in-depth look at Clevr here Stitch Panoramic Photos Together with CleVR Read More .


5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos magtoo addedphotos

Magtoo is another website that allows you to easily create slideshows and panoramas from photos on your computer or online photo-sharing sites like Flickr. The site allows you to stitch your photos automatically, and its viewer lets others ‘look around’ the panorama. Though you need to use Internet Explorer to create, viewers can use any browser/platform to view your panoramas. You can geotag and embed the panoramas in your own website.


5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos autostitch


Autostitch is a Windows desktop application that allows you to stitch panoramas automatically. Mac/Linux versions are planned but not available at present, but it works under WINE. There is no installation required, you simply extract the files from the zip archive and run AUTOSTITCH.EXE. Though it offers a plethora of options, you do not need to use them by default. Autostitch works only with JPEG files and creates a JPEG file of your panorama. In most cases, you will want to crop and tweak the output image to suit your requirements.

Image Composite Editor

5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos microsoft ice

Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor takes a set of overlapping photographs and produces stunning panoramas easily. It can handle very large photographs (in gigapixels), and can create output panoramas as static images (TIFF/JPEG/PNG) or interactive viewers using Silverlight technology. Support for a wider range of input/output formats, ease-of-use, and the right level of advanced options make this a superior alternative to Autostitch.


5 Dead-Easy Ways to Create Your Own Panoramic Photos resizr inaction


All of the above methods to create your panorama require that you take multiple overlapping photographs. But it is very likely that in the excitement during a vacation, creating panoramas was the last thing on your mind and you only shot a single image of a great scene. Enter Rsizr.

One of the intelligent things this free website allows you to do is to stretch a single image into a panorama, without distorting any objects in the scene. The flash-based site is very easy to use and lets you stretch and resize JPG, GIF, and PNG files using a technique known as seam carving. Read more and watch videos of Rsizr in action here Rsizr: Intelligent Image Resizing Read More . Also, note that Resizr is different than Rsizr, in case you enter URLs directly in your browser.

Apart from the above, you might want to check out these other panorama creation tools:

Wrapr – website that pulls images from pre-selected groups in Flickr to create panoramas


ViewAt – website that geotags panoramas created by users all over the world

Hugin – cross-platform, open-source, image stitching application with advanced features and powerful control over the stitching process

Pos Panorama Pro – free Windows desktop application to create panoramas

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  1. vaudeville
    September 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Do you know of any camera software for Windows Mobile that help stitching the pictures together?

  2. photo stitching
    September 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Excellent compiltion!!

  3. PaulANormanNZ
    May 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

    WARNING - although the "Image Composite Editor" web site does not at first tell you, the programme is limited by this license statement (small excerpt see for rest of the limitations, and it is an .rtf file!):

    "You may not use or distribute this Software or any derivative works in any form for commercial purposes. Examples of commercial purposes would be running business operations, licensing, leasing, or selling the Software, distributing the Software for use with commercial products, using the Software in the creation or use of commercial products or any other activity which purpose is to procure a commercial gain to you or others ..."

    and so on

  4. arif
    April 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Windows Live Photo Gallery does the job better than AutoSticth, and its free!

  5. Meg
    April 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for the great list! Panoramic pictures are really great for blogs etc, especially if you give people the option to view the pic in a larger form. That's just one more page view for you!


  6. panorama service
    April 27, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Great compilation. Thanks.

  7. Frank
    April 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Autostitch won't work under Windows Vista either. Which is a pity because it's a really nice and easy to use app.

    • Mahendra Palsule
      April 25, 2009 at 9:27 pm

      Autostitch should work with Windows Vista. I have used it under XP as well as Windows 7 Beta, and it works perfectly fine.

    • Tim
      October 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

      I just used autostitch with windows vista and I had absolutely no problem. Can you share some details about the issue you're having?

  8. Final_Transit
    April 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Cool. Any comments on how these software compare against the Canon/Nikon/etc ones we get with the camera?

    • Mahendra Palsule
      April 25, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      In my tests with images from a Canon Powershot:
      - Canon Photostitch produced medium-resolution output with maximum distortion
      - Autostitch produced lowest-resolution output with medium distortion
      - Image Composite Editor produced highest-resolution output with lowest distortion

      The proprietary software that ships with cameras works best only with that camera, and doesn't give the best results either.