It can be the bane of a photographer’s existence, but Adobe is wiping it away.
Anyone who’s ever stitched together digital images to create a panoramic knows the frustration the final product can often create with chunky, irregular and cosmetically unappealing edges. The focal point can look great but is greatly decreased due to those horrendous images.
So, with some new updates and the releases of Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4, Adobe has included a neat little feature called Boundary Warp which does not decrease the quality of the image but does compress and smooth those edges to create a proper, cohesive image.
“This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary,” Tom Hogarty of Adobe wrote in a blog post explaining the feature. “This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred(non-raw) format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame.”
Boundary Warp is just one of many improvements and changes the company has made, but it is arguably the coolest.