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Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer’s Notebook

  • ISBN13: 9780596009755
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description

In this full-color Designer’s Notebook, eight expert French photographers reveal their secrets in using Photoshop and a collection of dedicated applications to create extraordinary panoramic photos–including some amazing 360-degree images. For anyone involved with digital imagery or animation, this groundbreaking volume demonstrates a new way of thinking about what’s possible and what’s required to produce these images.

Originally published in France, “Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer’s Notebook” is available in English for the first time. Part art book, part how-to guide, this stunning work takes you right into the studio and sits you down next to renowned digital artists as they advance step-by-step toward their final images. The showcased pieces are inspiring and avant-garde, and the techniques are instructive for a wide range of amateur and professional photographers, graphic designers, and digital artists.

The artists featured in this Designer’s Notebook show how they use Photoshop, Stitcher, PanaVue ImageAssembler, and other specialized tools to create high-quality panoramas and wide-angle images from a series of photos. They also show how to create virtual reality scenes with Apple’s QuickTime VR in conjunction with leading-edge technologies that support 360-degree one-shot photos, cubic images, and 3D views of objects. The results are interactive, often startling, and bear the hallmark of each artist’s original vision and skill.

Reflecting the very best of French photography, graphic design and digital artistry, “Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer’s Notebook” offers advanced Photoshop instruction that goes beyond opening this menu, or clicking thatpalette. You receive expert aesthetic guidance, from start to finish, with notes and views that reveal every step of the process. This book is a goldmine for any digital artist who wants to learn new Photoshop techniques and exploit them for maximum effect.

At home on either your coffee table or desktop, the book itself is dazzling in concept and design. There’s nothing else quite like this Designer’s Notebook available in the U.S.

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Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer’s Notebook



  • Howard Mcpherson

    I came to Moab Utah to take photos of the great national parks and the state park (Dead Horse SP). After two weeks I bought the Really Right Stuff equipment for making horizontal and vertical panoramas. The photoshop CS2 books and the internet suggested that joining them would be easy to do. Hoever, this great book, shows that much more skill is needed in taking the photographs and using the software. The book gives an outline of the steps needed to compose the 8 digital panoramas but does not give exact details because considerable experiment is needed. In the first chapter where 3 images are joined to form an ice fall in an ice cave the photographer took 200 images. In the panoramic beach scene the waves were coninuously moving during the shooting so that an incredible amount of editing was needed to form a great image. This book shows what can be done if skill is used at every step Now I realise how much incredible work Max Lyons had to do to compose his terabyte image of Bryce Canyon. “The Photoshop CS2book for Digital Photographers” has a small chapter on panorams.

    For some reason “Assembling Panoramic Photos” is well hidden in the Amazon search terms.

    Howard McPherson, Cleveland, Ohio (Moab, Utah)
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Harold McFarland

    If you have ever wanted to try your hand at creating panoramic photographs but just didn’t know where to start or have had a hard time getting it right then this book is for you. It details the process from how to compose and shoot the pictures, digitize them, assemble, and retouching them to create your final composition. Some of the examples include unique point of view projects like “Urban Sphere” where the 360 degree panorama appears as the surface of a sphere. You should be warned that all the techniques illustrated are done using Adobe Photoshop software. So, if you are planning to follow along then you will need a copy of Photoshop. Written by nine leading French artists, Assembling Panoramic Photos is excellently done, lavishly illustrated and details the various techniques used to achieve masterful results.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Brian Akerson

    This is a decent book on digital panoramic photography. It seems to be geared to the Photoshop skilled person. While it’s somewhat easy to follow, I found that if you’re not familiar with Photoshop you’ll have a hard time with this. Thankfully I have used Photoshop quite a bit, so I was ok. It doesn’t go as in depth on each image as I’d prefer, but it’s good. I find that it gives you enough information to be dangerous. Lots of good ideas on how to process and stitch together your panoramic images. The only downside is that it only really recommends on specific type of panoramic stitching software (Instead of manually doing it in Photoshop) and the one recommended isn’t that great. The software they recommend is grossly overpriced and not as easy to use as PTGui in my opinion.

    If you are fairly familiar with Photoshop, I totally recommend this book. It’ll give you ideas to have fun and play with.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  • M. P. Packer

    I got this book hoping it would be a step by step guide to assist me in developing my work flow and technique on up skilling my panoramic knowledge. But it was not.. it made very simple things overly complicated and some of the most popular great tools available were not highlighted or used.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  • Jack D. Herrington

    Unlike the other books in this series this one is only for advanced photoshop users and artists. It’s a beautiful walkthrough of some amazing projects. But if you want to get any real use out of it you are going to have to do some serious neuronal crunching to make use of the high-end techniques presented here. That being said, this is an amazing book that shows just what can be done in the panoramic digital photography.
    Rating: 5 / 5