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Updated on March 02, 2019

My recommendations to choose your photo stitching software

Logos Autopano Pro et HuginWe now need to assemble our photos for them to become a beautiful panorama. For that, we'll use a panorama software. There are very good ones, free and easy to use unless you want to treat yourself to the Rolls Royce of software for 140 euros, still very easy to use and even more versatile. Let's see that...

To finish this tutorial, we'll choose a good panorama software and assemble our images. I selected two pieces of software I consider very good, available in multiple languages and compatible MAC and PC. One is free, the other not but it offers even more possibilities...





How to choose your panorama software?

There are many and some are free when most are not. I thus appealed to my experience to select two pieces of panorama software very powerful and yet easy to use, both in English and of course compatible Mac OS and PC. One is free, the other not. I can assure you that easy to use doesn't mean of poor quality nor simplistic. There you have two excellent pieces of panorama software:

The principles of stitching

You open your photos in the panorama software, launch the stitching and get in any case a panorama that can be exploited right away. It's that simple, above all with Hugin! Autopano Pro offers more possibilities to edit your panorama before stitching but if you're a beginner you'll know that your software can do much more...


Assemblage du panorama


The two protagonists I selected...



Hugin 2019

Free !

My opinion on Hugin 2019

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This multi-language, open source panorama software is highly valued by the discerning user community. Do not hesitate to put your hands in the grease! Quite close to PTGui it is also very powerful but some troublesome limitations compared to Autopano or PTGui. To always have close to you in case ... - Learn more Suivre



My note : 8,5/10 - Hugin is very close to PTGui in its interface and its use because it initially uses the same tools Panoramatools but it is free!


I describe each piece of software in a detailed way on several pages so I will, in this page, show you how to easily assemble your panoramas with Hugin 2019.



Stitch your panoramas with Hugin 2018

Download and install Hugin. Nothing particular to say as the language is automatically detected. You'll now be able to create your panorama in only three extremely simple steps.

To start with, we'll set a preference of the software so that it assemblees the panorama in JPEG format and not in TIFF by default. If you're a skilled user, you're likely to choose the PSD format.For that, open the Hugin menu/ Preferences / Stitching / Default files format and choose JPEG / 90. Then click "Agree" at the bottom right.


1 - Select the images to assemble - Open Hugin then simply click the button "Load images" as below:


Hugin : charger les images


The software automatically detects the number of photos and the lens with which the photos have been taken. Perfect!


Informations sur l'objectif


2 - Automatic alignment of the images - Then, click the button "Align..." below. It launches the automatic alignment of the images.

Piece of advice! If you want, you can change the preferences of the software to automatically launch the alignment of the photos after loading them. Menu Preferences / Assistant / Check the box "Automatically align images after loading".


Alignez les images automatiquement avec le logiciel Hugin


It opens a new window with lots of weird things written but it doesn't have any importance: the software is working...


Information de travail de Hugin


When the calculation is finished, it opens a new window "Quick preview of the panorama"


Fenêtre d'aperçu du panorama dans le logiciel Hugin


There's nothing to do in particular. It's all automatic and it works very well. The buttons here are for skilled users and connoisseurs...

Shut that window.

3 - Assemble the panorama once and for all - Click the button "Create the panorama..."


Hugin software : create a panorama


The software then requires you to save two things in that order and in two separate windows:

1 - The project - it'll remember where the images to assemble are on your hard drive and how they must be stitched. If you were to make the stitching again, you would save valuable time...

Piece of advice! Leave the name chosen by the software, as I myself do, if your images are in a separate file. The project will save automatically where the images to assemble are. If your images are in a file "Vacation in India", then you'll also have to choose a name to recognize THAT stitching project among all the projects in this file.

2 - Your panorama and its file - Automatically and by default, the panoramas are saved in TIFF format except if you've changed that preference as recommended before in this paragraph. I recommend you to choose JPEG if you're a beginner. If you're a beginner, it's very likely this format won't suit you and you'll prefer JPEG.
Here again, you have nothing to do but name your panorama and place it wherever you want!

You just stitched your first panorama!

You now just have to open it in your photo editing software to modify it, make it even more beautiful, correct it then... share it.


If you want to learn more... read my detailed guide

I invite you to read my detailed guide in 14 pages suivre
My Hugin 2018 tutorial suivre


If you want to learn more... read my detailed guide

I invite you to read my detailed guide in 14 pages suivre
My Autopano tutorial in 7 pages suivre



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