Image Composite Editor

Image Composite Editor

An advanced panoramic image stitcher.

Please note that the Image Composite Editor download is no longer available. This project has been retired.

Image Composite Editor (ICE), an advanced panoramic image stitcher, was 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 was also able to create panoramas from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas could 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.

Image Composite Editor's Automatic image completion feature

Image Composite Editor's Automatic image completion feature

Image Composit Editor's user interface and workflow

Image Composite Editor's Full-resolution preview

Image Composite Editor was provided free of charge and without official support. While the forum is closed, you may find reference information at the Image Composite Editor Forum.

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.