What Photo Stitch application are you talking about?
I think it is called Photomerge - it seems to be available in PS or CC
I currently have LR and want only to add this and I could not figure out if
I am supposed to buy the monthly CC or if I can just buy it once and at
It isn't practical to provide photoemerge in Lightroom because Lightroom does not alter the pixel content of images. You need to run Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as a companion program for Lightroom. You get your photomerge functionality that way.
Are you also familiar on the commercial aspect? How can I buy it?
Is it now only possible to buy on a monthly basis?
Photoshop CS6 can be purchased, but it is pretty expensive, $699. For some reason my search feature isn't working right now to take me to the webpage where it can be purchased.
Do some shopping and look for Photoshop Elements. It has many of the photo features of Photoshop, including photo merge. And it can be purchased for less than $100.
I'm using the monthly CC program. Personally, I think it is a superb value.
I personally use a program called AutoPanoGiga because it allows tweaking of the panorama and perfecting it in various ways. With PS you’re stuck with whatever it detects and about the only thing you can do is remask the junction between the layers it computed.
Here is the AutoPanoGiga website, where they do have a trial:
There is a cheaper AutoPanoPro.
There is a free open source panorama stitching software called Hug-In. It does allow tweaking of the panorama, but not quite as good as AutoPanoPro/Giga, but it might be a place to start, if you can figure it out:
AutoPanoGiga has a plug-in for LR where you can just high-light some images and then do an Export-to-AutoPanoGiga and it’ll either make JPGs or TIFs and open those in APP/G for further work.
AutopanoGiga is very good indeed. I personally use hugin because it gives far more control than anything else, including APG and can give you much higher quality results if you know what you are doing, but it is absolutely not easy to use. Both of these (and most other pano software packages) are a lot better than the built-in panorama feature in Photoshop so I would advise against getting Photoshop just because of the pano feature. There are many other reasons to get it though.
I'm surprised about the comments about Photoshop and photomerge. Maybe I'm not critical enough, or maybe it's because most of my panoramas are only four or five images. But I know I have any complaints about the results.
Photo merge works well for a simple horizontal row of images. As soon as it is anything more complex (e.g. multiple rows of images, images from fisheye lenses, all images shot at an upwards angle, etc.) it messes up every time (crooked horizons, crazy distortion, etc.) and you have to spend some time correcting the image using the "Adaptive Wide Angle" filter. This works but is very tedious. Most dedicated pano software packages allow you to very easily set the horizon and other rendering parameters so that you don't have to bother with this.
That makes sense, then. I guess I should try creating some "real" panoramas.
It isn't practical to provide photoemerge in Lightroom because Lightroom does not alter the pixel content of images.
Well, that's not 100% true and what LR can do now doesn't mean it can't (won't) in the future...
That fact is that as of now, LR can't do Panos or HDRs without another application.
Are we seeing hints of things to come?