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MandieS
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I'm not happy with the auto photomerge on this one :( The horizon is good, a couple might need just a bit of moving, but the milky way is straight not arched. I also tried with the Geometric Distortion Correction ticked but then the milky way was good but the horizon was arched!
There are probably a couple of pics I can hide but thought I'd wait til I'd checked in here.
Any suggestions please?

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Great.  So delete any of the layers you haven't used, then select all the layers, and Layer>Convert to Smart Object.  This will, as the name says, combine all the layers into one smart object.

Then you can Edit>Transform>Warp (or any other kind of transformation, maybe perspective might be good too?) and go nuts.

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Yeah at the top of the milky way? Any where else that you can see?

What's the best way to fill the gaps around the edges - I don't really want to crop it down much if I can help it because of the composition?

Thanks

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1 hour ago, MandieS said:

Yeah at the top of the milky way?

Yep.

1 hour ago, MandieS said:

Any where else that you can see?

I don't think so, but there are two ways I'd check.  First, I'd look at each channel.  Second, I'd add a Levels layer and slowly drag the white slider in aggressively.  Between those two methods, you should be able to spot any hard edges.

1 hour ago, MandieS said:

What's the best way to fill the gaps around the edges - I don't really want to crop it down much if I can help it because of the composition?

Well, I guess try Content Aware Fill first.  If that fails, then it's just careful cloning, sorry.

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Posted in levels.

This merge didn't work as well as my first with the milky way pretty much end up a straight diagonal line! Would this be because I only used shots from the high/mid point and not any from the left side of the milky way, so the merge couldn't read the overall shape?

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42 minutes ago, MandieS said:

Posted in levels.

This merge didn't work as well as my first with the milky way pretty much end up a straight diagonal line! Would this be because I only used shots from the high/mid point and not any from the left side of the milky way, so the merge couldn't read the overall shape?

Yeah, maybe you're right.  I don't know, to be honest.

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