Microsoft’s free photo stitching tool is very slick indeed

A few weeks ago on a backpacking trip, I took a stack of pictures to stich together for a dramatic panoramic shot. Or rather, my girlfriend insisted that I take a series of pictures and stich them together in a panoramic shot for her. As luck would have it, today I noticed via Lifehacker that Microsoft has released free Image Composite Editor software that automatically stiches digital pictures together. The 3MB download is available in 32- and 64-bit flavors, and it’s incredibly easy to use. In just minutes, I was able to drag in a set of photos, tweak the center of the image, crop, and export a panoramic shot. The whole process was so simple that even my mother (sorry, Mom), could handle it.

There’s a larger version of the image in the gallery below, and as far as I can tell, ICE does an excellent job of lining everything up. And for free, provided you’re already running Windows.

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    • designerfx
    • 11 years ago

    There’s a nifty program called Hugin,

    which is free, works on windows, mac, everything, which does far better than MS’s tool. Just a FYI.

    ยง[< http://hugin.sourceforge.net/<]ยง Additionally, it has some fine tuning that MS's version does not.

      • Klopsik206
      • 11 years ago

      Hey! That’s GREAT tip! Thank you!

      • cheesyking
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, that program is amazing, does take a while to stitch a photo on my Atom netbook though ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    I was able to make a pretty nifty panorama in OS X using this program called DoubleTake. It was really, really easy.

    But it’s not free : /

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      You’ve went with OS X and now you’re paying the price for it.

        • Flying Fox
        • 11 years ago

        Actually, the amount of free software for OS X is surprising, at least to me. And for whatever reason on average those free software function and/or look better than most freeware on Windows.

        Just my observation and not an empirical study.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        Hm. Actually there’s a lot of decent stuff for OS X that is free. You should try it out someday.

    • not@home
    • 11 years ago

    Where were these pictures taken. I would love to backpack there. I love mountains and backpacking.

      • Dissonance
      • 11 years ago

      Near Mamquam lake outside of Squamish, British Columbia. Gorgeous place.

    • continuum
    • 11 years ago

    Is it any better than Autostitch? Looks like it has more features already, but I’m more concerned about the actual quality of the stitching. =)

    • crazybus
    • 11 years ago

    It works fairly well, but can’t quite dish out seamless transitions like Photoshop’s automated photo merger.

    For it’s cost though, it’s pretty good ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • fpsduck
    • 11 years ago

    The pictures look like Windows XP Bliss wallpaper
    but a bit more on darker mood. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Add some effects and it could be some cool MMO concept art.

        • Nitrodist
        • 11 years ago

        God, you’re inane.

          • Meadows
          • 11 years ago

          Just call me Meadows.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 11 years ago

            I prefer to call you Krogoth’s Evil Twin. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • FireGryphon
    • 11 years ago

    I’m will try this out. The stitching software that came with my Canon A95 crashed every now and then when I put lots of pictures in it. Hopefully, /\/\$’s program won’t have the same limitations.

    • Hdfisise
    • 11 years ago

    Looks very nice. Isn’t it meant to be stitching in the title though instead of stichings? No idea if its a regional variation or not.

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