How to remove black areas from merged panoramic photos

Image stitching merges several photos into one continuous panoramic image, and if done properly, fixes distortions and eliminates exposure differences between photos. This results in a perfectly aligned panoramic image, yet having several dark areas, which is the result of the distortion correction procedures.

A typical panoramic image with dark areas looks like this:

Typical panoramic image with black areas.

Nicely done, but in order to make those nasty dark areas invisible you would have to crop the image and therefore lose a significant part of the photo and possibly ruin the entire composition:

Panoramic image with cropped black areas

Inpaint offers alternative solution! Instead of barbarically removing dark areas from the image, the program delicately restores them from the surrounding parts of the photo. Here is how this can be done:

Step 1: Open the desired panoramic image in Inpaint

Step 2: Use the Magic Wand tool and select a dark area on the image and run the restoration process

Magic Wand tool has a Tolerance slider, which determines the range of colors that will be selected when you click on the initial point. The higher the tolerance, the larger the resulting selection.

Select the dark area...

After restoration process

Repeat this step for each dark zone on the panorama

Step 3: Save the result

Inpaint automatically restores the information in the empty areas, so you finally get the ideal photo:

The result? A perfect panoramic photography!

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