In case you haven’t noticed, I like to demo Cool Tools.
Only my tutorials are pretty basic,
’cuz I’m one of those old people who grew up without a computer.
My advice is for other people who grew up without computers.
I figure if I can master a skill,
If your love language is html, then read along for fun.
Just don’t move your lips while you’re reading,
‘cuz that’s like really annoying.
Today I’m featuring a cool free feature from
Microsoft’s Windows Photo Gallery,
This was the early morning of our last day in Amsterdam in November 2012.
I wanted to capture the view I saw everyday,
but don’t own a wide angle lens.
But, I remembered this cool feature in my photo editing software,
so I took three pictures in a row,
panning from left to right,
overlapping features just slightly.
Oops, got the window sill.
It won’t matter. Just watch.
In Windows Live Photo Gallery environment, I highlighted the pics I wanted to use.
If you are frustrated because you can only highlight one at a time,
here’s the trick-
hold the CTRL key down and click on the pics.
Under the Create tab click on Panorama.
It gives you a polite message while it’s sewing them together.
Then you name it.
See how easy this is?
It turns out like this, then you crop it.
Because I am using Windows Live Writer,
why yes, thanks for asking, I did wrote tutorials on that product also,
I was able to give the Amsterdam Panorama
a black border and a watermark.
Old dog learned a new trick.
On a recent hike along Boulder Creek with my neighbor Kelly-Across-the-Street,
I tried my new skills again.
While watching the waterfall I had a moment of genius.
I’m not bragging, just thankful for a moment of it once in awhile.
Since Photo Gallery stitches pictures together
side to side,
not top to bottom,
I got creative.
I took three pictures to bottom.
I stitched them together,
then tipped the finished Panorama right side up.
You now can fit an entire skyline
or a waterfall
in your camera.
You just have to
You don’t need an expensive lens,
just a free Cool Tool,
Microsoft Photo Gallery.