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Creating Panoramic Photos - Tutorial

Real Estate Agent with Bend Premier Real Estate

The following is a tutorial for creating panoramic photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery.

One of my new listings is a beautiful ranch in Culver Oregon (view it here).  With fields stretching far in every direction, I knew that my standard point and shoot could not possibly take pictures that would do it justice.  I wanted panoramic photos that conveyed the feeling of wide open space. 

Just six months ago I purchased a new computer running Windows 7.  It came installed with a program called Windows Live Photo Galllery.  The following steps will teach you how to create a stunning panoramic photo in this program. 

1) Begin by opening Windows Live Photo Gallery and navigating to the folder you saved your pictures in.  For this tutorial I am going to use four shots taken of a freshly mowed hayfield. 

Step 1

2) On the top of the screen, select the tab that says "Create".

Step 2

3) Using the shift key, select all the photos you want to include in your panorama, then select the "panorama" button at the top.  Note: your panorama will only work if the photos you select are in the correct order.  It will try to connect them based on the order they are in the folder.

Step 3

4) This dialog box should appear while your photo is being created.

Step 4

5) When your panorama is done save it with a descriptive file name.

Step 5

6) Your panoramic photo will look something like this, with black strips along the edges as the photos were adjusted.

Step 6

7) Use the crop tool to crop a smaller picture and one that leaves out the unsightly edges.

Step 7

8) And finally, your photo is finished and should look something like this:

Step 8


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Bend Premier Real Estate - - Dan Cardot, Broker - - Serving Central Oregon

Dan Cardot, Bend Premier Real Estate

Dan Cardot, Broker
Specializing in Distressed Property Sales

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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Very nice post...this could be helpful in many areas including some visual tours and many flyers that are self produced.

Oct 04, 2011 07:36 AM
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

Very nice job, Dan.  I don't push the suggest button very often, but I did on this one.

Oct 05, 2011 01:54 PM
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

It is always easy when you know how to do it.  Thanks for the help.

Oct 05, 2011 07:25 PM
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Dan: Thanks for the tutorial for a product I already own. I can't wait to try it.

Oct 05, 2011 11:17 PM
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Great post; I used WLPG, but have never created a panoramic photo.


Oct 06, 2011 01:23 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Dan, great tutorial!  Another reason I enjoy AR so much. Now I have to see if it works with other versions of Windows Photo Gallery.  Continued success to you sir!

Oct 10, 2011 11:54 AM
Dan Cardot
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR

Thanks for sharing Eric.


I'm sure some of the steps are similar on other photo programs Jordon.  Good luck figuring them out.



Oct 10, 2011 12:09 PM