Ulead COOL 360 User Manual

Ulead COOL 360 User Manual
First English edition for Ulead COOL 360 version 1.0, February 1999.
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C o n t e n t s
License Agreement
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Installation
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1. Place the Ulead COOL 360 CD into your
CD-ROM drive.
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2. When the Setup screen appears, follow the
instructions to install COOL 360 onto your
computer.
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3. If you want to create QuickTime *.MOV
files, you will also need to install
QuickTime 3.0 (included on the CD).
Important legal notes.
Contents & Installation
What’s in the manual and how to get
the software onto your machine.
Getting Around
A map of the program’s organization
and layout.
Getting the Picture
Taking good pictures is the
best way to get awesome panoramas.
Starting a Project
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Setting up a project is the first step
towards a finished panorama.
Adjusting Images
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Sometimes a little retouching is just
what your images need.
Finishing Up
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Create your final image, choose an
ouput format, and get ready to be amazed.
Sharing
It’s easy to share your panorama by e-mail,
on a Web page, as a screen saver, and more.
4. For complete technical support, make sure
your register your new software. Registering will also entitle you to special prices
and discounts on other great Ulead
Systems products.
Note: If the Setup screen does not appear after
loading the CD:
1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
2. Browse for the CD-ROM drive.
3. Double-click Setup.
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To run COOL 360:
* Double-click the Ulead COOL 360 icon
on your Windows desktop.
-Or* On the Windows Start menu, select the
Ulead COOL 360 icon from the Ulead
COOL 360 program group.
Getting Around
The Ulead COOL 360 user interface is more than just attractive. The large workspace at the
center and the three step buttons at the top make creating panoramas effortless. You begin
with the Start step. The Options panel on the right displays your choices. Create or open a
project and COOL 360 automatically switches to the Adjust step. The controls in the Options
panel change to photo retouching tools. When you have lined up and adjusted everything, click
Finish to save your panorama or send it off to your friends. It’s that easy.
When you need more information than we can provide in a few short
pages, click the Help button. Watch for ToolTips, or short descriptions, that appear when you hold the cursor over an item.
In addition, pressing F1 when the cursor is over an item will
open the Help right to that topic.
The Help button.
ToolTips appear when the
mouse is held over an item.
Step buttons
Ulead Web Site
Connects you to our Web site
for tips, tricks, ideas, help,
and product updates.
Follow the 1-2-3 steps
to perfect panoramas.
Help
Runs Ulead
COOL 360 Help.
Close
Quits Ulead
COOL 360.
Options Panel
Contains the tools you
need to build a panorama. The options
available change with the
step you are working on.
Scroll buttons
Scrolls horizontally and vertically
around your
project.
Settings
Workspace
Vi e w er
Displays a preview of your
project while you adjust,
modify, and align your
images.
Opens the COOL 360
panoramic image viewer.
Defines the type of
panorama, kind of camera
used, and other panorama
settings.
Getting the Picture
The secret to creating awesome panoramas is to start out with the best images possible. A
panorama is typically composed of twelve or more images that are shot in succession, carefully lined up, and joined together. This requires some planning on the photographer’s part.
With many popular digital cameras, you
should be able to take about twelve images to
complete a 360° panorama. This depends on
the kind of camera and camera lens you use.
There are two good techniques, outlined
below, you should combine to ensure you get
suitable images.
While digital cameras are easy to use, it is
still up to you to take great pictures.
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One of the easiest ways to get
twelve shots is to think about a
clock, taking one picture at
each hour mark. Again, this may
not work for all cameras, but it
can be helpful. Don’t worry if you
only get eleven shots before you
finish, or need a thirteenth; it’ll still
work.
Thinking about the hours on a clock can help you remember
where you are in a sequence of images.
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The most important thing to remember when
taking panoramas is that you must overlap
adjacent images. COOL 360 needs some
overlap between adjoining images, so be as
generous as you can. An overlap of at least
15% of the right and left sides is a good
minimum. Use landmarks to remember
where you need to take your next shot. When
you take a picture, note a landmark on the
right side of the image frame. Then move
clockwise until this landmark is in the left
side of the frame.
Overlap adjacent images by a minimum of 15% on
each side. Use prominent landmarks to line up the
shot.
By using a combination of the two methods
outlined above, you should achieve excellent
results on your first try. Since the “film” in
your digital camera is essentially free, you
should take a lot of pictures. That’s the best
way to get the perfect shot. A tripod, while
not required, certainly helps. Otherwise, you’ll
also have to make sure the horizon is lined up
correctly in each picture.
A tripod, even a small one, can
help you steady your shots.
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Starting a Project
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Click the Start step button.
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Click New Project.
This opens the New Project
Wizard which guides you
through the process of creating a file (*.UPJ) that organizes the many parts of a
panorama.
New Project Wizard - Step 1 of 3.
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Select a type of project.
(Step 1 of 3 in the Wizard.)
There are two types of projects to
choose from: Wide Angle or 360°
panorama. See the illustrations for
more details.
Merge together a conventional Wide Angle
panorama.
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Create a special immersive
360° panorama.
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Enter your project’s name.
(Step 1 of 3 in the Wizard continued.)
After you have selected a type of
project, enter a Project name (*.UPJ),
a Location to save it in, and a brief
Description (optional). Click Next to
continue.
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Select the image files.
(Step 2 of 3 in the Wizard.)
Select the images to be used in your panorama. Browse
for the folder where your images are stored. Click on
an image to select it and click Add. Drag the images to
arrange them. Click Remove All to clear all of the
images from a project, or press the Remove button
below the thumbnails to remove individual images. Click
Next when you are done.
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New Project Wizard - Step 3 of 3.
New Project Wizard - Step 2 of 3.
Select a lens.
(Step 3 of 3 in the Wizard.)
Select your camera or lens from the list. The type of
lens you used to take the pictures determines how the
panorama will be put together. You can see a quick
preview of your panorama using the selected lens.
Don’t worry if you can’t find your exact lens on the
list. COOL 360 often works fine when using the
default Generic Camera. Click Finish when you are
ready.
Note: If your camera or lens is not listed, you can download additional lens
settings from Ulead’s Web site. You can also manually enter your camera’s
lens properties by clicking the Custom tab. The information required is often
printed on the lens housing or in your camera’s user manual.
When you have finished creating a
new project, COOL 360 will
automatically switch to the Adjust
step. If you want to change any of
the details of your project, click
Settings or go back to the Start
step.
A new project file opened in COOL 360, ready for polishing up.
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Adjusting Images
Click the Adjust
step to clean up
your panorama.
The range of tools on the Options panel gives you a lot of control over the
appearance of your images. Because many cameras have automatic exposure
settings, adjacent images can sometimes have quite different light levels,
especially when shooting a rapidly changing scene, like a sunset. While the
primary purpose of these tools is to let you touch up and precisely match all
of the images in a panorama, feel free to express your artistic side as well.
Contrast
Saturation
Brightness
Hue
Drag the round button on the one of the control bars (e.g. the Hue bar) to change the selected
image, which is outlined in white. The appearance of the image will change in real time.
Lining up the images correctly is the most important part
of creating a panorama. Occasionally, you may not be able
to do this if the images are slightly crooked. Use the
Rotate and Perspective tools to align skewed shots.
Any changes you make can be undone by clicking
Undo. If you want to start over again with the
original image, just click Reset.
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Finishing Up
The process of joining your images together into a panorama is called stitching or merging. After you have created
a new project in the Start step, COOL 360 automatically
switches to the Adjust step and stitches them together.
Most of the time, the program will handle the entire process
automatically, and you shouldn’t have to worry about a
thing. If you need to, you can drag an image to line it up
manually. Images connected to the one you are moving will Two adjacent images that need to be
aligned manually. The image with the
also move, preserving the alignment between those images. white outline (right) is active and can be
adjusted.
Viewing your panorama is easy. Depending on the format you have chosen, this type of
project produces a standard image file that can be viewed in your favorite image editor or even
in your Web browser. 360° images are different, since they require a special viewer. The
easiest way to experience your panorama from within COOL 360 is to simply click Viewer.
The Viewer is simple to use. Click the buttons
on the top toolbar or watch the cursor and move
your mouse to scroll and pan around your image
in a full 360° circle. You can also use the mouse
to zoom. The cursor changes from an arrow for
scrolling to a magnifying glass for zooming
when positioned roughly in the center of the
Viewer. The ‘+’ and ‘-’ keys on your keyboard
are convenient shortcuts for zooming.
Use the mouse to control scrolling,
panning, and zooming in the Viewer.
When the cursor looks like
the central icon, click and
drag the mouse in the
direction indicated to scroll.
Click the Finish
step to create your
final panorama.
When the cursor
looks like the
central magnifying
glass, click and
drag up to zoom
out or down to
zoom in.
After you have adjusted your panorama, select Finish to create
the final image. A small window pops up informing you that
COOL 360 is merging the images together. The following pages
explain this process in more detail.
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Sharing
In order to view an immersive wrap around image, you need a special viewer. This isn’t a
problem for you because COOL 360 comes with a viewer. If you want to save your panorama
for someone else to view, make sure they also have the viewer. This is true whether you are
publishing to the web, sending an image by e-mail, or even just transferring the image to
another computer over a network or by floppy disk.
Saving a panorama
To create QuickTime *.MOV files, Apple
QuickTime 3.0 needs to be installed on
your computer. This is included on the
CD or can be downlaoded.
1. Click Save.
2. Select a file format in the Save as type box
(BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF or MOV).
3. Enter a File name and browse for a location.
4. Click Save.
Sending a panorama by e-mail
1. Click E-mail.
2. In the E-mail dialog box, select Attach
Viewer (default) if the recipient doesn’t
have a panorama viewer.
3. Click Send.
4. This opens a new e-mail message
with the panorama attached.
If you have any difficulties, see the
Help. Run the Help, go to the Index
and find the heading Setting up
your e-mail program.
Putting a panorama on the Web
1. Click Web.
2. Enter a File name, Output folder, and a
Title for your Web page.
3. Enter a size for the Panorama window
which will contain your panorama on the
Web page.
4. Click OK.
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The image, an HTML file, and a UVR
(Ulead Virtual Reality) file will all be
saved to the Output folder. You can now
upload all of these to your Web site.
Visitors will need to install the Viewer to
see your image, so include a link to it
on your page.
You can modify the behavior of your
screen saver from your Windows Display
properties control panel. (Right-click on
the desktop, select Properties, then the
Screen Saver tab.)
Creating a screen saver
1. Click Screen Saver.
2. Browse for a location to save your screen
saver file.
3. Click Preview screen saver to test it.
4. Click OK.
Printing a panorama
Larger posters are printed on
multiple sheets of paper that you can
tape together.
1. Click Print.
2. Select a format: Fit on page, One row
or Two rows.
3. Click the Print button.
Copying to the Clipboard
1. Click Copy to place the panorama on
Windows Clipboard.
2. Switch to the application you want to put the
panorama into (e.g. MS Word or PowerPoint).
3. Paste the Clipboard data into the application
with the paste command. Often this is found
on the Edit menu or press Ctrl+V.
Double-click the pasted object to
interactively view the panorama.
Exporting a panorama
1. Click Export.
2. Enter a File name and an Output folder.
3. Select Attach Viewer.
4. Click OK.
The saved file contains your panorama
with the Viewer already attached. When the
user opens the self-executable file
(*.EXE), the Viewer automatically runs and
displays your image.
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