Tips for Creating Panoramas in Adobe Camera Raw

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Click here to watch how to create raw Panoramas images in Camera Raw 9.0.

Below are additional tips for creating raw Panoramas image in Camera Raw 9.0.

• If you have made adjustments to the individual images prior to choosing Photo Merge > Panorama, not all of them carry over to the merged file. For example, if you have made local adjustments – such as applying the radial or a graduated filter, or painting in selective areas with the adjustment brush on individual exposures, those adjustments will not be applied to the merged file! Because of this, I would suggest that you don’t spend a great deal of time making adjustments to each of the individual exposures but, instead, merge the images and then make adjustments to the resulting Panorama image.

• The settings that are NOT copied over from individual exposures to the merged panorama are:

– Lens Corrections/Upright (with the exception of Defringe settings), since the merge tool is changing geometric attributes, and does not copy over existing geometric settings.

– Local Corrections

– Red Eye

– Spot Healing

– Upright

– Crop

• If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Toning adjustments) , make sure that the exposure with the adjustments is the “most selected” image.

Command + Shift + M (Mac) | Control + Shift + m (Win) will run Photo Merge > Panorama based on the last used settings (without displaying the Merge preview window).

• By default Camera Raw appends the file name with -Pano. You can change this in the Camera Raw Preferences.

• Post-merge, lens profiles don’t make any sense to apply to panoramas, so the feature is disabled.

Tap “1” to select Spherical

Tap “2” to select Perspective

Tap “3” to select Cylindrical

• There is a size limit of 65,000 pixels on the long side of a file or, 512 MP – whichever comes first.

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Posted on 04-24-2015


  • By Hayo Baan - 8:09 AM on April 25, 2015  

    It really is awesome we can now merge panos (and hdrs) in Camera Raw! But where/how can you change the default suffic of -Pano? I can’t find it in the Camera Raw preferences like you said…


    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:10 PM on May 20, 2015  

      Sorry, I was totally wrong. There is not a way to change the -Pano suffix that ACR adds.

  • By Robert Canadilla - 11:30 AM on April 25, 2015  

    Been a photographer for many years, but new to digital. Looks like a good site to learn

  • By mike earussi - 12:11 PM on May 1, 2015  

    I have yet to figure why Adobe is still stuck 10 years in the past on some of their file size limitations. 512 MP is a ridiculously small size with so many today doing very large panos. Many of mine habitually exceed 5 GP.