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I use Hugin for multiple image pano shots, but recently I'd like to create a shot where the seperate images still line up to make the larger picture as in a traditional pano, but are distinct.

Is this possible in Hugin ?

Edit: I want to achieve something like this

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennecontentos/2482644220/

which seems what Hugin would be good at (and I've used Hugin, and like it)

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Why do you want to use Hugin ? its a pano-sticher, thats its job - not a collage creator. My advice would be to use sperate software - see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/23019/… –  Rob Sep 8 '12 at 21:28
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I think Picasa by Google(Free) will create collages. Maybe not exactly what style you want, since it is somewhat limited, but it may do the trick. –  dpollitt Sep 8 '12 at 21:36
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Use the right tool. Using Hugin for this is an exercise in futility. Picasa has a very good and easy to use collage tool. Plus, it's free as @dpollitt said. –  Itai Sep 8 '12 at 21:54
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Now that you provided an example, I guess I would use Gimp or Photoshop. I'm not sure if Hugin can do this. –  dpollitt Sep 8 '12 at 22:36

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Have you looked at the stitching flat scanned images tutorial for Hugin?

Summarizing the tutorial:

  • set the horizontal field of view to 10 degrees with crop factor = 1.0x
  • assign each image a different lens number
  • create control points as you usually do (manually or automatically)
  • optimize roll, x, y and z for all images except your anchor image (do not optimize any of the other parameters)

This should give you a decent (but probably not great) stitch. But for your purpose it will be good enough, I think. This is as far as the tutorial above goes.

Now it is time to render your pano. You need to render aligned individual images, that you will then compose in an image editor, since Hugin cannot add a border and drop shadow effect to each image. To render individual images set the "exposure corrected, low dynamic range" option under "Remapped Images". Then in the "Processing|Remapper" section open the options for "Nona" and make sure the "Save Cropped Images" option is not checked.

Using GIMP, load your individual images as layers into a single image and sort the layers to your liking. Then for each layer select the layer and run "Filters|Light and Shadow|Drop Shadow".

Finally, add a background layer with the background color you like, and export a flattened image!

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