While in the mountains last month, Joe and I took a couple of series of pictures that I intended to stitch into panoramic images. What I lacked, however, was software for stitching these photos together; so I went in search of some open source software to accomplish this task. I quickly found a program called Hugin, which I decided to give a try. There are some pretty amazing free open source programs out there, and Hugin is definitely impressive. Not to mention, it’s also remarkably simple to use.
Although I haven’t thoroughly explored the software yet, the Assistant tab provides a step-by-step walk-through of how to stitch multiple images into a panorama, which was perfectly sufficient for accomplishing my task.
Following three simple steps in the Assistant tab, start by selecting the images to be stitched together.
Hugin will then load your images and analyze them to make sure they are appropriate for stitching together into a panorama.
Once it is done analyzing the images, clicking align brings up a second window which allows you to tweak a number of different settings on the stitched image.
Finally, clicking the Create Panorama button in the Assistant will generate a .TIFF file of the panorama. I then brought my image into Photoshop, and converted it to a .JPEG file and saved it.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that! If you’re in the market for a great panoramic photo stitcher, I definitely recommend Hugin. Hugin can be downloaded for free here.