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How to Choose Photo Stitching Software

Published on 10/20/2011 by

Photo stitching software is a unique tool that enables users to stitch together various small images to create one large image.  Stitched images are often used in website headers and footers, as a means of giving virtual online tours, and to showcase products in eCommerce stores.  If you’re in the market for photo stitching software, here are our tips on how you can go about choosing the right tool for the job.

Pay attention to your operating system

Photo stitching software is available online, as a web based application that can be used across multiple operating systems, and also as a downloadable and installable computer program.  If you’re planning to use a free or commercial installable program, you’ll first want to look for software that matches your operating system.  Most web based applications work across multiple platforms, though not always, so  keep that in mind.

Mind your budget

There is an abundance of free online photo stitching and downloadable software tools in all price ranges.  Windows users can stitch photos with Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor and the free online CleVR tool works with Windows, Apple and Linux.  If you’re looking for an advanced photo stitcher, it will come at a price, so it’s a good idea to determine what your budget is before searching for a tool to fill your needs.

Know your skill level

Photo stitching software is available for beginner users and those more technically inclined.  What’s your skill level?  If you’re a newbie to the world of photo stitching, there are a host of free applications that will suit your needs just fine.  If you’re a professional photographer or have worked with photo stitching software before you’re more likely to be impressed by the more advanced features that commercial software has to offer.

Determine your needs

What features do you require of a photo stitching tool?  Some things to keep in mind include:

Number of images that can be stitched together:  Some software limits how many images can be joined together.

File support:  What file format do you use when saving photos or videos?  Make sure they’re supported.

Templates:  Some software allows for the creation of templates for frequently used settings.

Lens type support:  Some software supports all popular lens styles like FISHEYE, wide angle, standard and one-shot and some does not.

Photo editor support:  Many programs require you to manipulate and resize images in an external photo editor and some have built-in editors available.

Panoramic styles:  Do you wish to build horizontal, vertical, whole or 360 panoramic images or all of the above?

Photo stitching software is a great way to add professional, artistic photos to any website.  Many programs offer free trial periods, so feel free to take your time and sample different applications to find the one that’s a good fit for you.