Create High Dynamic Range (HDR) Panoramas in One Step in Adobe Camera Raw

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It’s easier than ever to create raw, high dynamic range, raw panoramas using the new Merge to HDR Panorama feature in Adobe Camera Raw. Instead of having to first merge each of the bracketed exposures together and then stitching the resulting HDR files together, you can now do both at once with the new Merge to HDR Panorama command. The video below demonstrates how. 

Additional Tips for working with the Merge to HDR Panorama feature in Camera Raw

  • Lens Correction Profiles are applied if Camera Raw can auto-detect which profiles to use. If Camera Raw can’t auto-detect the correct profile, an alert appears asking you to apply a lens profile correction for best results. Camera Raw always remove chromatic aberration as part of the merge.
  • 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 adjustment(s) is the active or “most selected” image before running Merge to HDR Panorama. 
  • If there are spots that occur in the same location in every image (dust on the sensor, for example), you can fix them in one exposure, sync the spot corrections to the others, then merge  the files and Camera Raw will apply the spot corrections to the source images before merging.
  • To use the Deghost feature, bracketed exposures must be merged independently (Merge to HDR… ) and then stitched (Merge to Panorama…).  
  • Camera Raw saves the final Panorama (with the suffix HDR-Pano ), and discards the intermediate HDR images.

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Posted on 10-15-2018


  • By Garry George - 9:39 AM on October 16, 2018  

    Looking forward to using this new feature. BTW do you have to have the same number of exposures for each pano image?

  • By Richard Battilana - 7:02 PM on October 20, 2018  

    Julianne, Is there any way of changing the color if a fame?
    Thank you, Richard Battilana