Quick and Dirty Nadir Patch

There are several possibilities to cover the black hole or tripod area at the bottom of your panorama after stitching. You can easily create a round disk in Adobe Photoshop that looks like a mirror ball and even add text or a logo. Another possibility is to remove the tripod when shooting your panorama and take an image of the nadir that you can later include when stitching in PTGui. This will however take considerable extra time and I will show you a quick and dirty method to achieve almost the same result in much less time.

An important tool and Swiss Army knife for every PanoWalker is KRPano Tools. This article shows how you can patch your nadir (Black hole or tripod area at the bottom) in a few seconds using KRPanoTools and Adobe Photoshop.

This method will work better if there is no significant pattern in your nadir area. So if you have a chance to move your tripod slightly to a more suitable spot it will make life a lot easier for you.

Here is an example image after stitching with PTGui which we will try to patch.

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Download KRPano Tolls and unzip the archive to your Computer to a location of you choice.

Open the KRPano Folder and also open the folder with your spherical Image. Drop your spherical image onto the KRPano SPHEREtoCUBE Droplet.

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Open the down view cube image with Adobe Photoshop and select the Patch Tool and draw a line around the unwanted area. Then select Edit and “Fill /content Aware” or press “Shift + F5”. Use the patch tool to remove any areas that are not properly patched. Add this point you can also add a small logo to your nadir area. Save your image, and close Photoshop.

 

Select All 6 Cube Images and drop them onto the CUBEtoSPHERE Droplet.

Voila, you nadir is perfectly patched without an extra image to shoot.

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To check your 360 panorama drop your new spherical image onto the MAKE PANO droplet, or drop multiple images onto the MAKE VTOUR droplet and wait a second until your Virtual Tour is ready.

 

Now you could transfer the complete folder that is generated by KRPanoTools to your web server. But off course you want to upload your new images to Google Maps Street View to further process with PanoWalks.

Free Spin!

If you want to add Life to your Google Virtual Tour you can use the Free Spin App to add Auto-Rotation to your tour, and then easily generate an embed code for your webpage.

Click here to go to the Free Spin App and click the '+' Button to open the Search & Embed Form:

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Paste your 22 character Panorama ID or the COMPLETE URL from Google Maps and click 'Update Panorama'

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Click 'Search':

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Then click the red 'Map' Button:

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1.Type your Business Name and 2.Click on one of the Search results in the Drop-down List:

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In the new window click on the yellow dot in the center of the map. If you don't see a yellow dot try to zoom into or out of the map with your scroll wheel:

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Your selected Panorama will open indicating the current Panorama ID. Click 'Insert':

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Your new Panorama ID will be transferred to the main window. Click 'Update Panorama' to confirm your Selection.

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And you will see your Tour updated with the Auto-Rotation Feature.

Click the 'Pause' Button the stop AutoSpin, adjust your viewing angle and zoom value and click the '+' Button one last time:

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1. Adjust the maximum width and height of your IFrame and 2. copy the code for your AutoSpin Panorama to your webpage.

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