Free software doing better panorama stitching than Photoshop CS4

    Whilst doing some further testing of the new camera on the iPhone 3GS, I decided to create a panorama. In considering which software to use, I had two immediate options.

    The latest version of Windows Live Photo Gallery which I use to manage my photo collection contains a ‘Create panoramic photo’ feature.

     Windows Live Photo Gallery - Create Panorama

    I also have Adobe Photoshop CS4 which includes ‘Photomerge’.

    Photoshop CS4 Photomerge

    Naturally, my assumption had always been the expensive pro software would do a better job at stitching photos together. As demonstrated below, it seems this is not the case.

    Windows Live Photo Gallery
    iPhone 3GS Stitch WLPG 

    Photoshop CS4

    Whilst they may look a like, upon closer inspection, you’ll see there are actually significant stitching issues on the when using Photoshop.

    Photoshop CS4 Stiching errors

    So certainly in this instance, the free application, Windows Live Photo Gallery actually does a better job of panorama stitching.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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