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After stitching a panorama using Photomerge, how can I crop out all the empty space on the sides? Seems like there should be a tool for this, but I can't find one in Photoshop.

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Pressing "R" (or "C" in older versions) should bring up the crop tool.

It is then self-explanatory. Just use the mouse to select the area you like to crop to. You can use the handles on the sides and corners for that, too.

Option 2:

As explained here, you can go to File > Automate > Crop and Straighten Photo... and have it done for you.

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You should probably write a bit more about how to use the tool too, not just where to find it. As this answer stands now, it's not very informative. – Håkon K. Olafsen Aug 29 '13 at 8:42
Tried the tool, that absolutely does not do what I describe above. It does straighten, yes, but I still end up with transparent edge content. Not what I want. – Dmitri Nesteruk Aug 29 '13 at 21:12

I don't know what version of Photoshop you're using but in Elements 11, I get a popup after it's finished photomerging asking me if I want Photoshop to automatically fill in the empty space around the edges.

I've never managed it though. I have 8Gb RAM but that's not enough as it chugs away for a while before running out of memory!! :(

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What I think it does is a content aware fill of the empty space around the edges. This costs a lot of memory and for a panorama (= big image) 8GB might not be enough. By manually selecting parts of the empty space and content aware filling it manually you can get around the memory limit. – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 29 '13 at 13:08
We don't get a popup in Photoshop. Thus the question. – Dmitri Nesteruk Aug 29 '13 at 21:12

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