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Photoshop Photomerge Tutorial by pallanoph Photoshop Photomerge Tutorial by pallanoph
So many people have asked how I manage to scan such large pieces. And I'm astonished to know that so few people that own Photoshop do not know about this amazing, time saving little shortcut. Granted, I didn't always know about it myself, and I have a few awesome friends to thank for cluing me into it! :hug: This particular tutorial was done using the CS3 version, but I suspect other versions of Photoshop may have it as well.

I got out my rather rusty design skills today and made this. The image used as a demonstration will likely appear in my gallery... provided my internet connection holds out. :roll:

Download for full size. Hope this helps! If you are still confused, feel free to ask.

(Yes, it looks different on a Mac. I know. :XD:)
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:iconkaterina-art:
Katerina-Art Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very helpful tutorial thank you so much for sharing I wanted to ask you I have paint shop pro 8 would you happen to know how to do this with that program...
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RavenStarStudio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello,
I just want to thank you so much for sharing this with us and let you know how much it's helped me out :)
I was also wondering how to use photoshop to place WIP's side by side...I just can't seem to figure that one out. They always want to merge together into one picture. Please help! :)
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Alorasaur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
dude! sick!
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:iconekuhikaarme:
Ekuhikaarme Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
mac is amazing. xD I won't have issues here! maaaac :B
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:iconanuojat:
AnuOjat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I has the power of clumsy MUSTEK A3 scanner :D
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial mate helped me scan this: [link]
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:iconerie-chan08:
Erie-chan08 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
omg so THIS is how you do it!!!

so many thanks~!!!!>w<"
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! And how amazing it is! :D

You're very welcome. :)
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:icongangsta-dragon:
gangsta-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
very helpful :D

and is that an illustration from life of pi? it sure looks like it
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it! :D

And yes, it most certainly is... the original is here: [link]
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
OHMEGODZ! :faint:

You've just saved my life. I had no idea about this! I use large paper all the time and end up having crappy cut-and-paste images! Thank you thank you thank you!!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!

I'm beginning to wonder if it's one of the "Great Photoshop Secrets" or something.

And you're very welcome! :)
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to find. :P
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes indeed! :D
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:iconteblad:
teblad Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: PS actually has a feature that can do that automaticly? And all this time I was doing the same thing manually... Well, thanks a lot for sharing this secret with us :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely useful. I normally tend to fit them together *by hand* and making sure the pixels are right together. But this is of course rather tricky since a small slip in the scan normally ends up in a mess on the comp. Tnx for that tut! I will so have to try that next time I scan such stuff!
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:iconmieronna:
Mieronna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pity older versions of Photoshop don't have it ;)
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snake-skins Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
:o Well this will come in handy! Thank you mah dear :)
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes indeedy! You're very welcome! :dance:
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:iconkenai-okami75:
Kenai-Okami75 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing! :dance:
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problemo! :boogie:
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:iconkenai-okami75:
Kenai-Okami75 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally got to try this out today and I want to thank you again. This will help me out so much from now on! :glomp:
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, and I'm glad I could help! :hug:
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eternalrequiem Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
and all this time I've done it manually *sigh*
thanks!
I've had some manual merges turn out well, other times not so much.. =)
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
My manual merges were rather ugly, I have to admit. :XD:

And you're very welcome! May this serve you well!
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:iconeternalrequiem:
eternalrequiem Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
heh, I always aligned them manually, then made a layer mask and used the gradient tool on the mask to make the edges fade into each other... sometimes it worked well, other times not so much =)
but photomerge is sooooooooo much nicer! =D
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:iconjaklar:
Jaklar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
When I get Photoshop, this will make my life much easier. :) Thanks for posting this!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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RavenStarStudio Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much you're a life saver :D I can't believe I never knew about this before...and usually if you ask somebody how they do this they would simply reply, Photoshop.
YOUR AWESOME :) :) :)
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:blushes: No problem at all, I figured someone ought to explain it!
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PixieEars Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Ooo nice thanks for sharing! Must try this next time I do a large work :D
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wind-hime-kaze Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
xD
i have to do the same with some drawings, because they are biggest than the sacanner ^^

=^^= =^^= =^^=
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:iconnorth-sky:
North-Sky Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
ha! It was right under my nose the whole time :) thank you for showing us this :D
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Lol yeah I was doing it in MS Paint too :XD: I wonder if this works on standard PS. I can't even check atm because the computer HD has completely died, and this laptop of my dad's doesn't have Photoshop. (I know, a computer without Photoshop... tsk)
Thank you for this!!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh noooooes!

Yeah, I've been wondering if it appears in the different versions of Photoshop. I think I remember hearing that it works in CS2, but I'm unsure of the earlier ones.

And you're welcome! :)
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Seaff Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
This looks helpful! I never knew there was an option in Photoshop, I've been doing it manualy for years XD
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm amazed how many people don't know about this, actually. I'm beginning to wonder if it was supposed to be a well kept secret? :noes:

Either way, it's out! :lol:
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Seaff Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
:lol:

I think noone has really bothered to point it out before XD
I learnt the manual way from Mike Sibley's website, but I guess that tutorial would be rather old now =)
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
My life will be saved
once I have a scanner XD

BUT THANK YOU!!! <3
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, no scanner!!! I remember those days all too well... :no:

This is one of the best Photoshop tricks I ever learned... Saved me sooooo much work!

:hug:
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:iconfrazamm:
frazamm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Very useful, manual adjustments of large pieces were never quite successful, there were always some bits that would not match properly. This should solve the problem!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, it's such a pain otherwise...

Hope this clears it up for you! :)
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SpottedNymph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant idea! And awesome piece, it looks so much fun! I cannot wait to see it in your gallery. :D
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankies! :dance:
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:iconmackico:
Mackico Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Dear God. And all this time I was doing it MANUALLY.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I said the same thing when I found out about this... Mine never turned out right before. :bleh:
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:iconmackico:
Mackico Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
no. mine never have either
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Shirisaya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMYGOD I love you thank you so much!!!!
I have big stuff I can't scan all at once due to the size. This is perfect! I'll consider it my early birthday present lol
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope it works out! And you're very welcome. :D
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