Panoramic photographs are not new - they've been around since the earliest days of photography. Recently they've come back into vogue, with computer photo manipulation and digital photography. There are an increasing number of applications for viewing and displaying panoramas, including a forthcoming viewer from the DMX Zone. (See references at end).
The websites about panoramas show examples of dazzling vistas of mountains or exotic beaches. Really impressive. But making one of your own can be a frustrating business. This article is about how to create your own panorama, using Macromedia Fireworks (MX2004). It applies also to Photoshop, but Photoshop(CS) has additional tools not available in Fireworks, so we'll take the "manual" approach here, and you'll learn more about the nuts and bolts of panorama making.
The exercise doesn't require high level expertise in FW, just the basics of selecting areas, doing a bit of Curves correction work, cropping, and a little bit of gradient masking. It does, however, require care and attention to detail if you want to create a first class panorama.