February 07, 2007

Paris from the top

I’m having a ball shooting panoramic images in Europe, so I thought I’d share one sample (more to come). I created this 27MP Parisian pano by taking a series of shots from atop the Tour Montparnasse, home to the local Adobe office. I stitched the images together by loading them via the files-to-layers script, then choosing Edit->Auto-Align Layers, followed by Edit->Auto Blend Layers, and finally Export->Zoomify.
Adobe must have a thing for towers, and I write this from the Barcelona office, which tops a 20-story building overlooking the beach. The city is as beautiful as I’d been told, so I look forward to shooting more tourist bits–er, valuable test files–in a bit.
[Update: Fixed link.]

Posted by John Nack at 4:18 AM on February 07, 2007


  • Klaus Nordby — 4:33 AM on February 07, 2007

    John, your Paris photo link seems broken?
    [D’oh! Thanks, Klaus. It should be fixed now. –J.]

  • Dave Richardson — 10:37 AM on February 07, 2007

    I don’t know if you’ve tried the new version of CS3’s Photomerge but it does a fabulous job without having to run scripts or really provide any input other than what files to use. It’s a huge step up from previous versions. I’ve really been having a lot of fun with it.
    [Glad to hear you’re liking it, Dave. I’ve been having lots of fun with the stitching myself, but because Photomerge was undergoing reconstruction for a while in the CS3 cycle, I’ve gotten used to the other approach. But you’re right that it’s a great option. I just like to joke that when it comes to Photoshop, why provide one way of doing something when 10 would do? ;-P –J.]

  • Graeme Bull — 11:19 AM on February 07, 2007

    Very nice. I didn’t know there was a zoomify export option. All I have is a Zoomview option, is that it?
    [Yep–it’s new in CS3. Older versions contained the older “ZoomView” export option, which provided a similar function but which relied on a plug-in that’s less widely distributed than the Flash Player. Note that the Zoomview export option in the public beta is a bit buggy, so I exported this panorama from a more recent build. –J.]
    **I guess I could just go try myself..**

  • J. Peterson — 3:36 PM on February 07, 2007

    …by loading them via the File-to-Layers…
    John, next time you’re making a panorama try File > Automate > Photomerge and save yourself a buncha clicks ‘n menus. It uses the very same Auto Align/Auto Blend magic.
    [Very true, John. I just need to get back into the swing of things with Photomerge! –J.]

  • thorsten wulff — 6:07 AM on February 08, 2007

    great shot, the Logo and the Eiffel…
    have fun on the Barcelona-workshop!

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