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I have a large image I traced and cut into smaller images to scan (because I have a small scanner).

I need to manually merge the images back together but am only finding automated features that won't work for me because there is no overlap.

Anyone have suggestions?

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    Which software are you using and/or do you have available? Photoshop? Other? Wanting software recommendations?
    – lindes
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 15:40

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If you really want to do this manually, I think you could create an image large enough to hold the end-product, then paste the pieces in (probably each in their own layer) and align by hand. When you're done sliding layers around, you could then merge back into a single layer.

Alternatively, you could re-scan with a little overlap across images and use something like Hugin to stitch them back together again. This might end up being easier and more reliable in the long run.

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    yeah, I think you have to have some overlap or you'll end up with a seam. You may have to re-scan and assemble (for example) six source files instead of four, but the assembly will be worth the end product, I think. I've had to do the same thing and that's been my experience. Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 13:00
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This panorama tool: http://www.ptgui.com/panotools.html

can artfully join the photos into a single panorama image. Probably it could help you with your question.

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  • The OP mentions that there is no overlap, so automated pano tools will probably fail here.
    – ysap
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 22:32

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