Q. I took a number of photographs and want to combine them into a panoramic photo. What's an easy way to do it?

A. We had a record amount of snow here in Allen, Texas recently, and I took some pictures of a nearby wood. I thought it would make a nice panoramic photo, so I took a series of five photographs.

When taking photos for a panoramic photo, make sure you keep elevation the same and have some overlap between each picture.

I installed Windows Live Photo Gallery and imported my pictures. I then selected the photos I wanted in the panoramic picture and selected the Create panoramic photo action, as shown here.

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Photo Gallery will scan the pictures, look for overlapping features, and even rotate images three-dimensionally to make the pictures blend together. The final panoramic picture will be displayed, as shown here.

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Because the pictures are bent and skewed, the top and bottom of the pictures will not be straight when generating a consistent picture. The next step is to crop the picture (and to remove annoying children ruining the pretty landscape :-) ), as shown below.

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