Nov 06, 2004 HUGIN MAC-version Anne-Mette Christensen 6 November, 2004. The Hugin Explorer and Hugin Educational is now also available for Mac OS X (v 10.3) Products.
If you like drawing on large sheet of paper but decided you can't do it because you own only a small scanner, then this article about Hugin is for you.
What is Hugin? Hugin is a free/libre open-source software. With Hugin, you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more. I'm using Hugin since 2010. Hugin is a very technical tool with many options. The development team is doing big effort to simplify the process, and recent versions are really easier to use than the previous one, but still not really as intuitive as modern software: I still need my notes to get things done with it. But if you know your way and settings the tool is easy. Hugin can be really faster than doing the stitching manually and produce a perfect result. Convinced? Follow me.
- With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more. Status Hugin has now reached a stable state: the software is recommended for general use.
- Make stunning panoramas with high-resolution images taken by camera, scanner or smartphone, iFotosoft Photo Stitcher Free for Mac create free panoramas in such a simple and fast way, which should.
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The process, step by step:
1. Here the problem start: I like drawing on A3 sized paper (29,7x42 centimeter / 11.69x16.53 inches), it's double size than A4 and have more room for drawings details.
2. But I don't have a A3 scanner at home : they are expensive and take a lot of room. I also have no idea where I could find a A3 scanner compatible with Linux. It's only problems, so I have to find a solution with my A4 scanner. A4 scanner are cheap and nowaday bundled with many printers 'all in one' devices. Here under my old Canon Pixma MP560 all-in-one printer scanner with a A3 sheet in the A4 scan top part. I'm scanning my big A3 artwork documents this way in two time, flipping the artwork upside down on the little scanner.
3. I scan them with Xsane on Linux Mint 17.3. I like Xsane because if you remove all unecessary panels and keep only the main user interface, it can just scan and auto-save the picture in a target folder. This way, I get two PNG files in sRGB , A4 sized with 300ppi quality (selected in blue here).
4. Here is the two scanned documents. I often have white margin all around the artwork, I rarely draw on all the surface of the A3. Only a central part of it. This way I need only two scans to get the full artwork scanned with an overlapping area. It's important to have overlaps. Hugin will use the informations in the overlapping area to match the document together and stich them perfectly.
5. Before feeding Hugin with our raw scans, we need to prepare them a bit. That's why I'm rotating the second scan at 180° thanks to the editing functions of the image viewer Nomacs.
6. The preparation is all about filenaming and alignement. The filenames must follow and images must have similar orientation. Hugin does a good job only if the images are ready this way.
7. We can finally open Hugin. Maybe in your operating system's menu, there is multiple entries for Hugin. Select the one named 'Hugin Panorama creator' in this case then press the 'Load images...' button.
8.  Do a multiple selection to select your files ( holding Ctrl key ) then  press 'Open'.
9. After the files are selected, you'll see this unfriendly dialog prompting you for a 'HFOV(v)' number . Don't ask me what a 'HFOV(v) number' is, I have no idea. Just remember for this field to enter '10' degrees. This magic number come from an outdated official tutorial. You'll be stuck at this dialog if you don't remember it. Too bad a simple 'scanner' preset don't exist here to make this step intuitive... When it's done, Then press  'OK'.
10. Press the  'Align' button, it should pop-up a console with computer output you don't need to read (it will auto-close itself anyway). Just check your picture properly aligned after that within the control screen .
11. The last step, is to  Press the 'Create Panorama...' button,  switch the format to PNG ,  Select the only option available and  press OK.
12. You'll be prompted for saving two files. Just keep the default name and press OK. Then another console will pop-up with computer output, just wait it to finish, it will close itself. You should have a new dialog on screen indicating 'Status Completed'.
13. Check your files on your file explorer: your autostiched version should be done. You can then close all windows of Hugin and delete the two original half-scan and the *.pto files created by Hugin.
14. A last step is just a little rotation with the image viewer Nomacs and saving.
15. It's done : the two scanned parts of the picture were autostiched in a single picture thanks to Hugin. You can't notice the area where the two scanned were merged, even if you zoom on the paper texture itself. It's really perfect work.
★ You can find the hi-resolution result here .
★ The final colored artwork here (note: I removed the flute girl for artistic reasons.)
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That's all for today and Hugin. If you practise, you can scan many large comic pages and stich them in no time with just clicking at the right button and fighting a bit with pop-ups and temporary files. I hope this tutorial will help you to draw on larger sheet of paper and take advantage of this great tool.
A big thanks to the Hugin developpers!
David Revoy, www.davidrevoy.com, .
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Changes for v2013.0.0 - v2014.0.0
- Changes Since 2013.0.0
- inherit many of the libpano improvements (of version 2.9.19)
- the translation plane variables Tpy and Tpp have been added to the GUI (better support for translation parameters, e.g. for nadir images. A pano with translation parameters can now be rotated)
- improvement of the GPU remapping code (bug fixes in the glue code, added some missing GPU transformations. Now fisheye lenses are supported by GPU code as well)
- better support for line control point in Control points tab (it still requires that the same image is displayed left and right for full features, but also better support for line control points above several images)
- obsolete programs matchpoint, nona_gui and PTBatcher have been removed
- outdated translations have been removed from the default install
- initialize the colour balance values during loading with EXIF values (this information is only stored and decoded by some cameras (mainly models by Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Nikon))
- improved the assistant
- allow customization of exiftool command used to copy metadata to output images
- New command line tools for CLI processing:
- pto_mask: manipulate mask in project file
- pto_template: apply template to project file
- pto_move: move or copy project files with all associated images
- Other Improvements
- Many more improvements and bug fixes.
- Most of the translations have been updated for this release.
Changes for v2014.0.0 RC 3 - v2014.0.0 RC 4 Build 2
- Fixed typo in last commit (grafted from
- More fixes for crash when loading multiple images in assistant
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Changes for v2012.0.0 - v2013.0.0 Beta 1
- CHANGES SINCE 2012.0.0
- The greatest change is the redesign of the (Graphical) User Interface (GUI). The user interface now consists of three modes: Simple, Advanced and Expert.
- The Simple interface is for the beginning panorama photographer and offers all tools to create your panorama. You can also use this mode if you have a simple, straightforward panorama. The Simple interface mode uses the 'Fast Preview' window as its main workflow window.
- The Advanced interface mode offers you more options to improve your panorama. It uses the Panorama Editor as its main window.
- The Expert mode gives you access to all options and functions that Hugin has to offer. This is where you can optimize your complicated, multilayer, mosaic, multi-stack, you name it, panorama. It also uses the Panorama Editor as its main window.
- The Hugin build for Mac OS X has switched from Carbon to Cocoa and is now fully 64bit.
- New tools added:
- pto_var ( change image variables inside pto files)
- pto_lensstack (modify assigned lenses and stack in pto files)
- geocpset (set/add geometric constraints for multirow panorama with featureless images)
- Other Improvements
- Many more improvements and bug fixes.