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TheFIX 052: Boundary Warp for Panoramas

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Boundary Warp for Panoramas

In this episode, host Seán Duggan does some tire-kicking on the new Boundary Warp feature for panoramas in the latest Lightroom and Camera Raw update, and talks about the return of the book giveaway from Rocky Nook Press.

On January 27th Adobe released the Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Camera Raw 9.4 update. Along with the usual support for new cameras and lens profiles, as well as improvements and bug fixes, this update also came with a brand new feature called Boundary Warp, that will be of great interest for anyone who shoots panoramas. Stitched panoramas rarely have clean rectangular edges. Depending on how the source images where shot, there is often a significant irregular edge. In the past this had to be fixed by either cropping the irregular edge off, which sometimes resulted in too much of the image being cropped away.  Some images frequently required more involved Photoshop retouching using Content-Aware Fill, patch layers, the Healing Brush and sometimes the Clone Stamp tool. Boundary Warp works with the panorama merging feature that is a part of Camera Raw and Lightroom CC. It analyses the boundary edges of the stitched image and warps the edges so that they will fit into a rectangular frame.

Rocky Nook Book Giveaway

This episode also marks the return of the book giveaway sponsored by Rocky Nook Press! Since panoramas are often used for landscape photography, this week we’re giving away The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall. To enter to win the book, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what topics you would like to see on future episodes of TheFIX, or what guests you would like to see interviewed or profiled. The winner will be chosen randomly from all the comments below on 2/17/16. We look forward to hearing your ideas for what you would like to see on TheFIX!

Breaking NEWS: Bridge CC Updated

Right before this episode was published, Adobe announced the Bridge CC 6.2 Update.  This is very welcome news, as Bridge has languished for a long time. The improvements detailed in the announcement include automated cache management and on-demand thumbnail generation, which should greatly improve the overall performance of the program. There is also an import from device option for Mac, the reinstatement of the Autostack Panorama/HDR feature, and significant updates to the core technology components, which creates a more solid foundation for future development and modernization of Bridge. We’ll take a look at the Bridge update in a future episode of TheFIX.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Details on the Camera Raw 9.4 Update    |    Russell Brown Overview Video on Boundary Warp
Advanced Boundary Warp Pano Tips by Russell Brown
The Photoshop Compositing Project: Product Photography
The Photoshop Compositing Project: Adding a Person to a Group Photo

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Where’s Seán?

Check out Seán’s website to learn more about his photography, workshops, and all of his Lynda.com courses

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