APP: Hugin Panorama Creator

Hugin is a panorama photo stitching program. Stitching is accomplished by using several overlapping photos taken from the same location, and using control points to align and transform the photos so that they can be blended together to form a larger image. Hugin allows for the easy creation of control points between two images, optimization of the image transforms, and much more.

Lets get down to business, shall we? I love this program. I use it any time I want to create a panorama. You can install Hugin from the Ubuntu Software Center. Once installed, it will reside in "Applications - Graphics". Step #1 is to load in some photos you want to create the panorama image from. Here is the GUI...

I'll use two photos from Kiev I took a few years ago...

After selecting your photos, click onto step #2, which is "Align". Hugin will start processing and finding alignment points all over your photos. See it in action here...

...and here are my two photos stitched together and are still in a sort of editing mode.

You can rotate the image around, straighten it, etc. Clicking the "autocrop" button will do exactly that.

Make sure to click the "photometrics" checkbox to blend the different image exposures to create one nice flowing image. Lastly, go back to the Hugin Assistant box and click the final step "Create Panorama".

Hugin will again do a bunch of calculations and will ask you to name the file to save it as a TIF image. The Hugin Panorama Creator is simple as 1-2-3 and takes no time at all. Here is my finished panoramic image!

As always, clicking on any images in our blog posts will bring them up full size. Good luck in your panorama stitching in Ubuntu!

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