If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, there’s a really easy way to do this:
- Download and install the official Photosynth Export Plug-in for Photoshop
- Open your panoramic image
- Select Export -> Photosynth
- Select a projection. VR panoramas typically use Equirectangular (Horizontal)
- Click Publish
If you don’t
If you don’t have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, get ready for hard mode! You can do this, but the process is a little convoluted.
Step 1. Download and install required tooling
You’ll need some panorama processing software. Hugin and Panotools are your best free options. You can find my setup guide over here
You’ll also need software to do the Photosynth upload. Grab and install copy of Microsoft ICE.
Step 2. Convert your image to cube faces
If you’re unsure which cube face is which, check my visual guide below:
Step 3. Create ICE project file
In the same directory as your cube faces, create a new file called
pano.spj. Copy and paste the following XML into it, then save and exit.
Step 4. Publish to Photosynth
Double click the .spj file to launch ICE. The panorama should load automatically, showing thumbnails of your cube faces:
Ensure Camera motion is toggled to Rotating motion and hit Next three times to proceed to the EXPORT tab. Once there, expand the Photosynth panel:
The very first time, you’ll need to (possibly register and) login to Photosynth. After that, fill out some descriptive details and hit Publish. All going well, ICE will spawn a browser window and display your brand new, published VR panorama!
That’s all there is to it! Pan around the image to your heart’s content, then share the link with your friends!