Image Composite Editor

Image Composite Editor

An advanced panoramic image stitcher.

Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates high-resolution panoramas that seamlessly combine original images. ICE can also create panoramas from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom.

Download ICE 2.0

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Features of ICE 2.0

Automatic image completion

ICE can now add missing pixels around the edges of panoramas, enabling smooth boundaries for partial or incomplete images.

Image Composite Editor's Automatic image completion feature

Image Composite Editor's Automatic image completion feature

Redesigned user interface and workflow

ICE has a new look that makes all the features more understandable and easier to use. The app guides you through the steps required to make great panoramas. It enables you to back up or change settings and immediately see the results without having to start over from scratch.

Image Composit Editor's user interface and workflow

Full-resolution preview

ICE allows you to zoom in to see every detail of your stitched panorama, no matter how big, before you export. Unlike earlier versions of ICE, panorama previews are no longer limited by your screen resolution.

Image Composite Editor's Full-resolution preview

Additional features

  • Accelerated stitching on multiple CPU cores.
  • Support for “structured panoramas” — panoramas consisting of hundreds of photos taken in a rectangular grid of rows and columns (usually by robotic devices such as GigaPan tripod heads).
  • State-of-the-art stitching engine.
  • Support for very large image sizes including stitching gigapixel panoramas.
  • Support for input images with 8 or 16 bits per component.
  • Support for Photoshop layers and large documents.
  • Ability to read raw images using WIC codecs.
  • Automatic exposure blending.
  • Choice of planar, cylindrical, stereographic, orthographic, Mercator, or spherical projection.
  • Orientation tool for adjusting panorama rotation.
  • Automatic cropping to maximum image area.
  • Native support for 64-bit operating systems.
  • Wide range of output formats, including JPEG, JPEG XR, PSD, TIFF, BMP, PNG, and Silverlight Deep Zoom.


System requirements

Image Composite Editor works with 32- or 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista SP2.

How do I know whether my version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit?

Windows 10

Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. The version is displayed in the System type field under the System heading.

Windows 8

Right-click Start and then choose System. The version is displayed in the System type field under the System heading.


Image Composite Editor is provided free of charge and without official support. However, if you have questions or issues with Image Composite Editor, you may find help at the Image Composite Editor Forum, monitored by experts available for community-based support.