Perfect Panoramas with Hugin, Enblend, and Autopano-SIFT

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Article from Issue 51/2005

You can create a pleasing image by aligning multiple landscapes to form a panorama. But the alignment can be tricky, especially if the individual photos do not match.Tools like Hugin,Enblend,and Autopano-SIFT help you create that perfect seamless panorama.

If you have more pictures than you can fit in one image, you may wish to try the old trick of combining multiple digital photographs into a pleasing wide-angle view. But you’ll find it difficult to combine these photos into a seamless image using just the Gimp. This article discusses some alternative tools that you can use to automatically adjust and align images. These tools will help you create seamless panoramas from separate photographs. It’s easy to take a series of digital photos for a panorama, but this is where the problems start. It is difficult to achieve soft and invisible seams. Normally, photos are so distorted that it is impossible to correct them manually. The lens is partly to blame; lenses typically distort images, turning straight lines to curves that make photo composition difficult.

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