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How to fix parallax errors with Photoshop

If you are using cheaper equipment like me (cheaper panoramic head and tripod), from time-to-time probably you will have parallax errors on your panoramic photo after stiching.

These parallax errors appears if rotating of your camera is not 100% around centre of the camera objective. Also parallax errors are very common if you have a lot of object close to your camera (less then 2 meters).

Parallax error

After panorama picture is stitched, the only way to fix this is with some image processing program like GIMP or Photoshop.

How to fix parallax error with photoshop tutorial with pictures:

Step 1: Use polygonal lasso tool and set Feather for ab. 5 px and turn Anti-alias checkbox ON.

Fix parallax - step 1

Step 2: Select the area to be fixed - usually it is some linear object on image. Start and end of this area leave sharp (see the image below):

Fix parallax - step 2

Step 3: After area is selected Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) to get it in new layer. Then choose Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to rotate it.

Fix parallax - step 3

Step 4: Before you rotate the new layer, you have to move centre of the rotating to the edge of the area:

Fix parallax - step 4

Step 5: Rotate the layer - until your parallax error is fixed:

Fix parallax - step 5

Step 6: If necessary, use Clone Stamp Tool to fix those small errors or shadows. (Don't forget to Layer/Flatten the image when you are done. Save your result.

Fix parallax - step 6

Note: Above tutorial is one of solutions - (I am just sharing my experience), maybe there are better techniques for parallax fixing.


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