6 Free Tools To Create Amazing Panoramic Photos

By | April 6, 2022

When the weather is nice, this is a good time to practice your outdoor photography skills. If you find a good vantage point, you can also take some landscape photos, then use an online app to put those photos together and create a panorama.

If you want to create a panorama from multiple photos, here are some great tools you can use, ranked on a scale of one (lowest) to five (highest). In addition, we also rank these tools in three specific categories:

  • Ease of use.
  • The features they offer.
  • Final panorama file quality.

Notes: If you are going to give these tools a try, make sure that you have saved all the photos that will make up your panorama into a folder on your desktop. We recommend naming these photos 1, 2, 3, etc. In the order you want them to appear in your last file.

Now on to our recommended tools for creating panoramic photos.

If your photography skills are a bit rusty, don’t worry. Our first tool on the list, Image Composite Editor for Windows, will create panoramic photos with ease.

Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (or ICE) was sitting in the software graveyard before the company decided to bring it back to life. We thank you for this decision because it is the easiest program to use with the best results.

Image Composite Editor can create panoramas for images and videos: all you have to do is make your selections when the program launches.

The Image Composite Editor contains four buttons at the top that will take you through each stage of the process: Import, Stitch, Crop, and Export. You will also see additional options on the right that will allow you to further enhance your panorama.

To export your file, look at the different file formats and quality settings. Remember to change the dropdown menu Quality Becomes Superb before exporting your panorama.

Ease of use: 5

Features: 5

Result: 5

The second tool on our list is the Panorama Mini Stitcher. Like ICE, Panorama Mini Stitcher is very easy to use, and produces great panoramic photos. Mini Stitcher only allows you to stitch five photos together at once, but does so with minimal errors.

These photos are easy to measure, and you can save panoramas as a variety of different file formats.

The paid version of Mini Stitcher Panorama Stitcher offers additional features. However, for simple drawings, Mini Stitcher still works well.

Ease of use: 5

Features: 3

Result: 4

Autostitch is an older tool that you can download for Mac or Windows, and a free demo is available. After launching Autostitch, click on the folder icon and load the respective images. When you do, the program will automatically create a panorama by stitching your photos together.

Our verdict? The result is better than expected. There are almost no stitching errors, and the app is very easy to use.

NB: When you view your panorama, Autostitch automatically opens the image in your default photo viewer and saves it to your desktop. You can change this default setting by clicking on the “gear” icon.

Ease of use: 5

Features: 3

Result: 4

Hugin is an advanced panorama editing program. It lets you stitch photos taken from different cameras. Hugin also has the option to calibrate your lens to create 360-degree images. In addition, you can combine multiple rows of photos (top and bottom) to create a larger panorama than usual.

After importing your images, you must align them appropriately within the program, then manually correct any errors detected by the program. After that, Hugin would work his magic.

The end result once we achieve that is worth the lengthy process.

Ease of use: 1

Features: 5

Result: 3

Dermandar is a website that brings together photos to create panoramas. Even though it’s easy to use, the results are still great, with the end result being stunning panoramic photos.

Dermandar has been around for years. However, it has not only stood the test of time, it has also developed into a series of highly rated panorama creation apps for Android and iOS.

That’s commendable, as both mobile operating systems the app runs on have the Panorama feature built into the default Camera app.

To use Dermandar, go to the website and choose from two different options: 360 View or Wide Angle. Next, select and upload your image, then wait a few seconds while Dermandar puts it together.

In the end, you should have a beautiful image where you should be able to pan from one side of the photo to the other. Knob Options allows you to download files to your computer in JPEG format.

Ease of use: 5

Features: 2

Result: 3

Google Photos has become the default photo storage service for millions of users. You can use it on Android, iOS, and web browsers. Additionally, there’s an option to create a panorama in Google Photos, although this option comes with some very strong caveats.

After uploading your photos to Google Photos, the helpful Assistant features appear in:

This feature analyzes your photos and looks for the best ways to improve them, such as creating stories from photos taken at the same location.

The Assistant also automatically detects adjacent photos taken from the same place, and stitches them together to create a panorama in Google Photos.

The downside to this is that you’ll only realize that Google Photos has created the panorama once it’s gone and do so. Very difficult to deal with, and very inconsistent when it comes to detecting photos that can be stitched together. We can’t always make it work.

Simple mistakes like not taking individual photos properly can also cause the app to assume that the image isn’t part of the panorama. This in turn causes the Assistant to time out.

The upside of this app is that when it creates panoramas and it’s a big “if” the result is brilliant. This app automatically cuts out unwanted areas and gives you a high resolution file.

That’s all you need to know about how to create a panorama in Google Photos. Once Google has created one, just hit Save when you see a notification to save this file, or when it appears in your library.

Ease of use: 0

Features: 0

Result: 3

What’s Your Favorite Tool for Making Panoramic Photos

Taking panoramic photos usually won’t be your first instinct when outside, especially if the lighting conditions aren’t ideal. However depending on the situation, subject and context the panorama may produce a better memory than standard photos.

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