NEW Edge Aware 360 Photo Editing in Photoshop & Lightroom – Seamless Workflow

Today, I have some great news for 360° Panoramic
Photographers. With the new Adobe Camera RAW update, we have
a new 360 photo editing workflow using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. This new workflow does not create any stitch
line in your 360 photos – even adjusting HDR effects like highlights and shadows, Clarity
and dehaze. This saves us hours of using healing brush
and clone stamp tool. We can now capture 360 photos using RAW DNG
with cameras like Insta360 Titan, Insta360 Pro 2 or even the Insta360 ONE X, Evo, Qoocam
and GoPro Fusion – and color grade that DNG to look professional. Let me show you how in this in-depth tutorial. Hey, what’s up everybody, it’s your boy Hugh
here from CreatorUp – the #1 YouTube channel dedicated to 360 Photo editing for everyone. Adobe Camera RAW just has a major update that
allows Photoshop and Lightroom to do 360-aware photo editing. So I decided to show you my new complete workflow
so you can be up-to-date on 360 photo editing. If you follow my Facebook page, I have been
posting very impressive aerial 360 photos that get me hundreds of likes. Just to clear, not gimmicky Tiny Planet photos
– but 360 immersive photography in professional-level quality. Some of them are even in gigapixel created
with hundreds of individual photo captured with the DJI Inspire 2 with a professional
lens. Don’t worry. How to capture gigapixel aerial 360 photos
will be the next tutorial. And today, I want to focus on the photo editing
workflow. No matter what camera you use, if your camera
can generate DNG, or better, bracketed HDR DNG – like the Insta360 Titan, Pro 2 or the
ONE X, you need to master this NEW workflow. Your photos will stand out from those who
use a mobile phone to edit. Before I show you my workflow, let’s take
a look at the old problem – the stitch line in 360. Take a look at this 360 photo captured with
Insta360 ONE X in Hard Summer music festival. We throw in a Camera Raw filter, hit Auto
adjustment, reduce the highlights and increase the shadows to bring back lost detail during
capture. We also add a good amount of clarity, dehaze
and vibrance to make the image pop. Hit okay. Very normal 2D photo workflow. If you drop in an offset plugin, you see this
ugly stitch line. So you roto brush this out with healing brush
and clone stamp tool. With the new workflow, this part is gone. BTW, you can always avoid stitch line with
PTGui and HDR software like Photomatix. This has been my workflow if the stitching
is involved. But for cameras like the Insta360 Titan, which
can do HDR photo with auto stitch, there is no need to buy and use PTGui or any third
party plugin. You end up with a stitched equirectangular
picture. So your only job left is to color grade this
stitched DNG RAW photos. Here is my workflow. I drop the DNG file into Photoshop. It will open up Adobe Camera RAW. Please make sure you update to the latest
Adobe Camera RAW to make this work. And you can also use Lightroom for this. Exact same workflow. But 360 photo will end up in Photoshop for
meta injection, so it is better just to avoid Lightroom all together. In Adobe Camera RAW, I have this beautiful
HDR photo captured with the Insta360 Titan in 11K DNG. It is extremely underexposed. So again, I use Auto setting, push the exposure
even higher. Pull down the highlights and raise the shadows
for a more dramatic HDR effect – for demonstration purpose. If you are familiar with my style of 360 photography,
I use pretty high Texture, Clarity, Dehaze and Vibrance but not Saturation. So my photos always have that hyper-reality
look. It pops more in VR headset and grabs people
attention. This is just me. You should dail down and adjust based on your
style of photography. One thing it is a must and the advantage of
using DNG RAW, is under Lens Corrections, check Remove Chromatic Aberration. This removes purple edges commonly found in
fisheye lenses. So def remember to check that. You can also do some Noise reduction under
Detail tap. I will suggest zoom the image into 100% or
more, look at the noise reduction result to decide how much noise reduction and sharpening
you need to do to your image. And that is. One important thing you need to take note
here before you close Adobe Camera RAW, is to hold down Shift on your keyboard, and click
Open Object instead of Open Image. Then your image in photoshop will become a
smart object. The reason why we work with Smart Object is
that the 360-aware workflow does not work on Camera RAW as a filter right here. It has to be connected directly with Adobe
Camera RAW. So if you change your mind, you can always
just open the smart object and edit the setting in Adobe Camera RAW. The true power of using this workflow is the
ability to use Profile or Preset in Lightroom. Any Profile or Preset you purchased or build
will be available within Adobe Camera RAW. Let me show you. Double click and open up Camera RAW again,
This time on top of your color correction, you click browse profile here. You see under my favorites, I have my signature
orange and teal look, and a washout look. I can pick the profile and bang! The whole photo now has this new Instagram
travel vlogger look, but in 360 immersive. We can click OKAY to apply. This is just like LUT workflow in Adobe Premiere
color grading. Save you hours of works. Bonus Tip. Level your 360 photos. As you see, this Insta360 Titan photo is not
level. Usually, the only way to fix that is using
PTGui. But you can also use this plugin called Flexify
2. In order to use any plugin, you do need to
flatten your smart object first. Then just apply flexify. Make sure your Input and Output is equirectangular. Then you can adjust the Latitude and Spin
to level your photo. And change Longitude for the new point of
interest. Without going back to PTGui and stay within
Photoshop, it saves you time. And time is money. You are welcome. Hit the like button if you enjoy this extra
tip. Bonus Tips #2, my advanced 360 photo editing
workflow. If you take your 360 photos with a consumer
camera like the Insta360 ONE X or Richo Theta z1 here, you want to do extra works to clear
up your RAW photo. If you are a long-time subscriber here, you
know that I like to reward my viewers who stick to the end of a long tutorial. And today, I will reward you with my techniques
that will turn your 360 photos from okay to great. Just take a look at this before and after
color grading photo and this what we are gonna do next Practice and improve your craft. And I am here to help. Comment below if you have more questions. Don’t forget to subscribe, and I will see
you next time. 360 Creator level up, on CreatorUp.


  1. NUEVRO VR Rental September 16, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    This will be perfect for the outdoor photo and videos I'll be doing with another client in October 🙂 Thank you, Master Hou!!

  2. visionangular September 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Great tips. Thanks Hou!!!

  3. Stephen Swayne September 16, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    No mention of Ricoh Theta Z1. Do you not use it or were you not given dosh to push that brand?

  4. Ben Claremont September 17, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Nice tutorial.. thanks for the shout out 😉

  5. Viajero360 September 17, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for another great tutorial. Ever since I saw your pictures I was always curious to know how you made them look so great, so thanks for the info. What do you think about the xphase pro? Do you think it is wort getting it?

  6. chrisbacos September 17, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Hi Hugh, this video was both informative and entertaining. Got a kick out of seeing you in front of the crowd.

  7. sugarcoatvfx September 17, 2019 at 2:48 am

    thanks !

  8. Al Caudullo September 17, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Great job buddy!
    Will you be at OC6? If so let's meet up.

  9. brandmee GmbH September 17, 2019 at 6:19 am

    is this workflow also possible with a PNG 16 bit?

  10. Bennie Laars September 17, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Great tutorial, I learned a lot!

  11. Michael Siebielec September 17, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Terrific workshop tutorial! Thanks!

  12. Chris71319 September 17, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I often still get seamlines even with the new camera raw version. Especially after using the texture slider. Very annoying.

  13. Chris71319 September 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I just tried your full workflow and i must say its awsome. I also bought the plugins for denoise and straightening the 360. They are great. Many thanks!

  14. VR Memories September 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Hugh, another great video to raise my level of photography. Just when I need it, plenty of amateur pictures on my channel, but that will change soon. Thanks to you. 🙂

  15. Ian Tresman September 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I am confused. Adobe mentions "Edge aware editing in 360-degree panoramas" in Adobe Camera Raw 11.4 (Aug 2019), but say that "This feature is currently not supported in the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop". Does Camera Raw 11.4 support edge aware filters in Photoshop? See

  16. 360VR Academy September 19, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Great video Hugh!

  17. David Field September 19, 2019 at 1:52 am

    crazy how much software you know!

  18. malcolm doidge September 19, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Great tutorial as always Hugh! I have a wee problem though – after creating a new layer from the '3D' panorama layer – I've copied/pasted the tripod with the rec marque tool and spot healed the tripod on the new layer. Next – selecting that new layer – i've clicked 'merge down' but then then I get a PS notice " Could not edit the texture(s) directly. please open the texture and choose an editable layer to proceed" i click continue but no merge down. Am I missing something?

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