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Topic: Finetuning

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snowman42 (Over 1 year ago)
Hi all

I'm very impressed from ICE...just a few clicks for nearly perfect 360pano outputs.

As an absolute ICE beginner I miss only one thing: a fine tuning possibility to correct non matching areas.

Vinyl store:
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=aa9ea9fb-4a1f-4946-b0c3-59497e12b946
1 row shootings with a D90 on 18mm/f11. Same wb/aperture/shutter, picture taken all 10° on a tripod with pano head.

My home:
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=451cd3bc-5e72-44c8-9db9-b4f6731b7d6d
3 row (0-tilt, floor-tilt, ceiling-tilt) shootings with a D90 on 18mm/f11. Same wb/aperture/shutter, picture taken all 5° on a tripod with pano head.

Could the lens calibration help on this (small) issues?
Should I change the shooting technique?
Do I have possibilities to correct these non-matchings in ICE?

Thank you very much...snowman42
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Snowman42, 

ICE really doesn't have anything in the way of fine tuning. The closest there is to it is the projection controls (the cube in the top menu). 

If you want to perfect your panos before uploading, though, you can use ICE to get 98% of the way there and then export it to a layered Photoshop file. This requires you to have license for Photoshop or Photoshop Express, but it will get you the control you want. From Photoshop, you can edit little alignment errors or doubles of moving objects until you are satisfied and then use the Photoshop to Photosynth panorama publishing plugin to upload to Photosynth.net.

Here are the two introductory web log entries announcing the Photoshop plugin a year ago: 
http://bit.ly/pstops
http://bit.ly/pstops-wlps

And here's the download link for it: 
http://bit.ly/pstops-download
snowman42 (Over 1 year ago)
Dear Nathanael

Thank you for your advices!
The main fault I did was to use too much overlapping. On one side it's logic: more pics to stich, more 'errors' possible. I was going with the idea, that more info/pics used, better the matchings can be done by ICE. In fact, more than 40% overlapping is useless and contraproductive here.
As I do no money with my pano's (and other pics), the Photoshop is far too expensive for me.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I know that it isn't a long term solution, but there are free trials of Photoshop available from Adobe and as I mentioned above, Photoshop Express (which is far less expensive) is also compatible with the Photoshop panorama publishing plugin for Photosynth.
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