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Inkognito
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PostSubject: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:15 pm

So you have just joined this site and have no clue how to make these panoramas. Now do not give up hope! In this tutorial, we will discuss how to make a panorama.

Step 1: Get Photoshop/paint shop pro*.

This tutorial will only be describing how to make a panorama in photoshop CS4/CS3

Step 2: Take screenshots

After a particularly epic game, go to theater mode. Pause the video at the moment that you want to preserve, and position you camera in one position. Do not move the cameras position

Take few screenshots that overlap at the edges. If you are not sure how much to overlap, use this proportion:
(Top is the amount of overlap in inches, bottom is the television size in inches)

2..........x
--- = ---
10.......Your television size

This is a link to a photobucket album that has example shots. You will notice that that the camera position is the same for all of them, and that the images overlap at the edge.


Step 3: Save them to your computer

'Autoname and save' your screenshots to your bungie.net account. From there, download them to your desktop. Organize them into a folder that only has the screenshots you wish to include in your panorama.

Step 4: Making the panorama

Open photoshop and go to File>automate>photomerge (This should be the same for both Mac and PC)



Click on browse and select the images in the folder you saved them in. Leave the photomerge style/layout on "auto." This will give the optimal result



Click open>okay and just let it do its thing



After it finishes, you should get a funky looking image like this one



Do not panic, just crop the image to your liking and there you go, you have your panorama:



But wait! you are not done just yet. You have to upload your image to imageshack.us, or photobucket, or any other image hosting site. Once you have done that, you can link your panorama in a thread here for comments!

There is more!

If you want a really good looking panorama, there are a few things you can do in the game to help it out. The only thing I think is easy to miss is spawn points. Try not to get spawn points in your panorama.

Second, after you save it (preferably as a high quality JPG) you can open it up and play with the contrast, saturation, etc. For more, see the tutorials done by our administrators in the Articles forum

Disclaimer: I wanted to post this in the article thread, but the security wouldn't let me. Anyway, this thread is to help out new members that have not had any experience with making panoramas. Sorry if the embedded images are too large, but that was the smallest I could make them without making them impossible to decipher.
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:28 pm

Inkognito wrote:
So you have just joined this site and have no clue how to make these panoramas. Now do not give up hope! In this tutorial, we will discuss how to make a panorama.

Step 1: Get Photoshop/paint shop pro*.

This tutorial will only be describing how to make a panorama in photoshop CS4/CS3

Step 2: Take screenshots

After a particularly epic game, go to theater mode. Pause the video at the moment that you want to preserve, and position you camera in one position. Do not move the cameras position

Take few screenshots that overlap at the edges. If you are not sure how much to overlap, use this proportion:
(Top is the amount of overlap in inches, bottom is the television size in inches)

2..........x
--- = ---
10.......Your television size

This is a link to a photobucket album that has example shots. You will notice that that the camera position is the same for all of them, and that the images overlap at the edge.


Step 3: Save them to your computer

'Autoname and save' your screenshots to your bungie.net account. From there, download them to your desktop. Organize them into a folder that only has the screenshots you wish to include in your panorama.

Step 4: Making the panorama

Open photoshop and go to File>automate>photomerge (This should be the same for both Mac and PC)



Click on browse and select the images in the folder you saved them in. Leave the photomerge style/layout on "auto." This will give the optimal result



Click open>okay and just let it do its thing



After it finishes, you should get a funky looking image like this one



Do not panic, just crop the image to your liking and there you go, you have your panorama:



But wait! you are not done just yet. You have to upload your image to imageshack.us, or photobucket, or any other image hosting site. Once you have done that, you can link your panorama in a thread here for comments!

There is more!

If you want a really good looking panorama, there are a few things you can do in the game to help it out. The only thing I think is easy to miss is spawn points. Try not to get spawn points in your panorama.

Second, after you save it (preferably as a high quality JPG) you can open it up and play with the contrast, saturation, etc. For more, see the tutorials done by our administrators in the Articles forum

Disclaimer: I wanted to post this in the article thread, but the security wouldn't let me. Anyway, this thread is to help out new members that have not had any experience with making panoramas. Sorry if the embedded images are too large, but that was the smallest I could make them without making them impossible to decipher.
This is very nice! I'm going to work this in to the tutorials page of the website, so you should be seeing this there soon!
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:10 pm

Wow thank you! Is there anything I could do to improve it?
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:16 pm

Inkognito wrote:
Wow thank you! Is there anything I could do to improve it?
Yeah, give me the full scale images.
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:37 pm

Okay, let me just find them.

Warning, they are pretty large.

Here they are:

https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture2.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture1.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture116-00-47.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture115-56-11.png


Example shots:
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557493-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557471-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557522-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557444-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557441-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557401-Full.jpg

Finished panorama
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:08 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! This should help me a lot.

Though, I didn't get the
Quote :
Take few screenshots that overlap at the edges. If you are not sure how much to overlap, use this proportion:
(Top is the amount of overlap in inches, bottom is the television size in inches)

2..........x
--- = ---
10.......Your television size
part.

Could you explain?
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:00 pm

Paranoxia wrote:
Thanks for the tutorial! This should help me a lot.

Though, I didn't get the
Quote :
Take few screenshots that overlap at the edges. If you are not sure how much to overlap, use this proportion:
(Top is the amount of overlap in inches, bottom is the television size in inches)

2..........x
--- = ---
10.......Your television size
part.

Could you explain?
im confused to, just make sure there is enough overlap between images otherwise they won't stitch

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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:30 pm

I figured that would confuse most people, but I put it in.

This is how it works, if you have ever learned proportions in school, then it shouldn't be too hard.


2.....x
-- = --
10...Your TV size

Basically, you use basic algebra and cross multiplying.

Here is an example

Quote :
Lets say that my television is a 20 inch LCD. You plug that into the equation, and you would get the following.

2.......x
-- = --
10.....20

Once you cross multiply, you should get an algebraic equation that you solve for:

10x = 40

x = 4 inches of overlap on your screen.
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:32 pm

Thanks for the explanation =D It makes sense now.
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:00 pm

Glad I could help! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:00 pm

Inkognito wrote:
Okay, let me just find them.

Warning, they are pretty large.

Here they are:

https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture2.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture1.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture116-00-47.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/Picture115-56-11.png


Example shots:
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557493-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557471-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557522-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557444-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557441-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Tutorial%20full%20size/72557401-Full.jpg

Finished panorama
Could you do me a favor and resize these images down to 640px in width while keeping their aspect ratio? That would save me a lot of time!

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: >Tutorial< The 'how to' of panoramas   Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:45 am

https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Finishedpano.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557401-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557441-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557444-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557471-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557493-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/72557522-Full.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Picture1.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Picture115-56-11.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Picture116-00-47.png
https://2img.net/h/i330.photobucket.com/albums/l424/TW_Inkognito/Tutorial/Picture2.png

There ya go.
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