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
(click to go to Microsoft for free download)
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.
Recognize the three pics from above?
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 tipped them sideways using the the little arrows.
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.
Judith at WholeHearted Home says
This is so cool!!! I have it in my computer without needing to download. Now I just have to find out if I can access it because I still can’t get Live Writer working. I was trying again yesterday. Thanks Mindy for a wonderful tutorial.
I’m so sad you can’t get Live Writer working. Wish I knew enough to help you. I just know enough to use it. 🙂
Lesley McDaniel says
Anything for Mac? Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for reminding me I need to be aware that not everybody is a PC. I only have a parital answer….. here are the system requirements.
That is so cool! I’ve always wondered how people did that. Thanks for the tutorial!
What I love about these new products is that they are FREE and easy to use. I’m having a blast. Thanks for stopping by inbetween your life adventures of milking cows and making your own cough drops. 🙂
I majored in photography in college. Graduated in 19 aught 76, with a BFA. I own at least 6 film cameras and a digital point and shoot. I am one of those old dogs and I just plain don’t like the new tricks that don’t make you take a picture of what you want. But thank you for showing a new, old dog trick. Now, can you roll over and fetch?
Nope. You’re on your own for that! Yep, I also started out with film. I used to roll my own b/w film into cannisters and print my own pics for the newspaper. I didn’t have any lessons, though, they just kinda’ shoved me in there and gave me a few pointers.
SO, your comment accidentally got deleted on the ANNOYING HUSBAND post because I was having technical difficulties. Only the title was showing up. Anyhoo, would love if you went and reposted. It was humorous. Thanks, friend!