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Panorama with auto fill on empty areas


When we create a panorama in Photoshop we get empty areas. Those areas we either clone and heal to get image data or we take the fast lane and crop it out.

But now in Photoshop CC 2015 we have a brand new functionality. We may use a automated Content Aware Fill. But how good is it?

Lets have a closer look on the details.

To stitch the images you have into a panorama you have 2 options:

  1. Via Adobe Bridge: Select the images and hit the menu>Tools>Photoshop>Photomerge.
  2. Directly in Photoshop. Open the images and hit menu>File>automate>photomerge.

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In the appearing dialogue box select the new Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas option.

3 test of the panorama fill

– med content aware fill transparent areas

Panorama from Seoul

We got a bit lost in Seoul, South Korea and end up a mountain slope with an old gun nest. We create a panorama containing 9 images.


Click on the panorama image to see a larger version for more detail.

The process is highly automated. But when its done we end with a panorama layer with the stitched images and an active selection. To spot where the content aware fill has been working. Nice. Really.

I have made a magenta line in the image for you to better see the frontiers. Anything outside the line has been filled in content aware style.


In the right corner we have a bush that looks fine. But the yellowish plant is a mess.


In the other corner our nature becomes actually fine.

The sky is quite simple so no worries there. But we need to re-work some nature.

Panorama from Louisiana Museum

The panorama is made from 7 images in with camera in hold as in portrait.


Click on the panorama image to see a larger version for more detail.

Then we need some close ups from the difficult areas.


The building area is very fine indeed. The replicated nature line is thin and works well.


Next stop is the blurred legs. Conclusion: Photoshop doesn’t know how legs ends. The grass is fine with a small error in repeating the shadow in the grass. That structure is catching the eyes.

Panorama from Big Ben in London

This is stitched from 6 images. 2 Columns and 3 rows.


Click on the panorama image to see a larger version for more detail.

The sky is very simple andn the content aware is a breeze here. But what about the traffic and buildings?


The building structure is a mess. It did not do a god job there. A lot of re-work needs to be done. Or a convenient crop.


On the other side we have some good some bad. The top building might look like something real. The lower building is having live earth quake lines. And then the light pole, a car and the human fails to reproduce reality. That was quite expected I guess.

Conclusion on content aware in Photomerge

To unify empty simple large areas on the sky and slim empty areas it works great. On more complex areas with structures, plants and other elements – the way home is just way longer. A lot of rework has to be done. But if you need a head start in the clone process this is definitely not a waste. A welcome addition but not a magic button to create new reality. Unless you are more into twisted reality 🙂

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Designer - Photographer - Adobe TrainerGrafisk TroldmandSpecialist i Photoshop, InDesign og Illustrator. Har en baggrund indenfor kunst og marketing. Skrevet bøger og lavet online videoer samt lavet seminarer for Adobe. Når der ikke undervises arbejder jeg med visuelt design på egen tegnestue. Adobe Certified Instructor Adobe Experience Expert