Lightroom: Improve support for developing 360° panoramas

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I would appreciate improved support of cylindrical 360° Panoramas in Lightroom (created in other applications). At the moment Lightroom cannot be told that both side edges represent an arbitrary vertical cut of a cylinder and pixels at the right hand side of an image are neighbors of the pixels at the left hand side. If one applies any tool taking into account the surroundings of pixels (like the tool for brightening shadows) one will normally see a step in the brightness at the position of the edges when viewing the image with a panorama viewer. Switching to the panorama mode could be manual or automatic because it is probably not difficult to check if pixels at both side edges are neighbors. Lightroom should enable infinite horizontal scrolling of 360° panoramas so that the adjustment brush could be applied across the cut of the cylinder. I see a difficulty with the graduated filter only because this needs edges around the image.
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Helmut Niedermeyer

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eXpeL

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Hi the same here! Hi. Export developed (no matter what you developing) pictures cause issue on the left and right edge. It's visible after using those pictures as 360 panorama (horizontal line in edge place - clearly visible on the sky). Did you resolved this issue?
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The edge is not generally visible in 360° Panoramas developed in Lightroom. As long as you apply no other tools but those working pixelwise, you will not see the edges. Change the tone curve or the exposure and the edges stay invisible in the exported jpeg. But you may not apply the shadows or highlights or the clarity tools. However, in most panoramas it is not necessary to apply this kind of tools to the whole image. Often you will be able to shift the edges in your panorama stitcher into a zone which does not need these tools. In this case you mask the zone to be modified with the adjustment brush. Take care that the fringes of the mask do not extend to the left and right edges! (Use the erase mode near the edges to be sure!) Nothing will happen to the edges if you apply any of the tools of the adjustment brush. You can create an arbitrary number of masks with the brush tool, but never touch the edges!
If this method is insufficient because the whole image has to be optimized you can try to reduce the step at the edges by applying the brush tool at one or both sides of the edges. I mean, if one side is darker than the other side, you can try to brighten it with the brush tool.
The intention of my comment was to motivate Adobe to install a panorama mode into Lightroom which would alway avoid visible edges. I still think that it would be easy and make life much easier to panorama enthusiasts. But ...
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I agree. With 360 pics really catching on, it sucks that I have to pay for my subscription to Lightroom, and then pay another hundred plus dollars for a third party app like Pano2VR to view the pic, isolate the area I want to work on, export to the patch to Lightroom, edit, send the patch back to Pano2VR, then send the final completed copy back to the Ricoh Theta app in order to post it.
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Even if Adobe does not want to commit tech resources to this, why not form a partnership with one of the other developers who has cracked 360 editing, and create a good plugin for Lightroom for their app?