Tips for Creating Panoramas in Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Click here to watch how to create raw Panoramas in Lightroom CC.

Below are additional tips for creating raw Panoramas in Lightroom CC:

• If you have made adjustments to the individual images prior to choosing Photo > 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 Lightroom appends the file name with -Pano. Although you can not change the default file naming convention, you can always rename after the file is created.

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

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

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 04-24-2015


  • By Keith R. Starkey - 11:41 AM on April 24, 2015  

    Thanks, Julieanne.
    This new feature brings up a question I now have. In view of the new features in LRCC, do you know if there will be any incompatibilities or issues if one uses LRCC for a while and then goes back to using LR5 or LR6? I don’t think LR5 or LR6 would have an issue working with a pano made in LRCC, but it does cause me to think more broadly about the matter. Thanks much.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:01 PM on April 26, 2015  

      No, functionally they are the same aside from the Lightroom mobile syncing.

      • By Keith R. Starkey - 12:57 PM on April 27, 2015  

        Thanks, Jeffrey. I do hope this is the case because, being unemployed, I don’t want to face catalog issues if I have to resort back to LR 5 from LRCC. I can deal with loss of features, but it’s incompatibility in general about which I’m concerned. Thanks much.

  • By Keith R. Starkey - 10:14 PM on April 25, 2015  

    Crickets! Sigh 🙁