How to Photomerge in Photoshop

This guide will show you a simple way to photomerge in Photoshop. Large photos or artwork can be incredibly time consuming to scan using a standard scanner. With the photomerge tool, you’ll be able to enjoy a full-sized scan of your image.

Using Photomerge

In order to use photomerge, you’ll need to scan multiple smaller images that will be pieced together to recreate your full-size artwork or photograph. You’ll need to make several scans of your large image. Ensure there is enough overlap between images to properly match them up once you’ve completed each scan. Then, you’ll use Photoshop to merge each image. Before you can merge the layers to create a unified digital image, you’ll need to use the photomerge tool:
  1. Select “File” > “Automate” > “Photomerge”
  2. Choose the correct layout for your desired image
  3. Browse for each scan that will be merged
  4. Adjust each image and layer until it lines up correctly
  5. Merge the layers
Take your time and make sure each image lines up successfully. This will help your piece to look like a single, unified scan rather than a patchwork upload. If you’re having difficulties lining up each image, you may need to rescan and include more overlap.

Editing Your Image

Once you’ve used Photoshop to successfully merge each image and create a unified file, you’ll be able to use either Photoshop or the Shutterstock Editor to edit your picture. Crop, filter, resize or add layers in order to add the finishing touches to your new, large format image.

Whether you’re uploading images to Shutterstock or submitting your artwork to a publisher, photomerge is a quick and convenient way to ensure your images are viewed in their proper format. This allows you to save money on purchasing a large scanner, and you’ll still be able to freely edit your work using the dynamic Shutterstock Editor.

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