Photosynth Export Plug-in for Photoshop

This plug-in lets you export panoramas from Photoshop or Photoshop Elements directly to the Photosynth web service.


  1. Download the plug-in from the Microsoft Research site.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file.  There are two Adobe Export plug-in files (.8be)
    • PhotosynthUpload_x86.8be for the 32-bit version of Photoshop or for all versions of Photoshop Elements
    • PhotosynthUpload_x64.8be for the 64-bit version of Photoshop.
  3. Copy the plug-in to the appropriate Photoshop plug-in folder, these are typically the following.
    • 32-bit Photoshop: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Plug-ins\Import-Export
    • 64-bit Photoshop: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\Import-Export
    • Photoshop Elements: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9\Plug-Ins\Import-Export
  4. You will also need to install the Photosynth client application from here.  Click on "Create a Synth" on this web page.  Note if you are a Microsoft ICE user and have uploaded panoramas to Photosynth then you have already done this and can skip step 4.

Instructions for Use

Open a panoramic image in Photoshop, then from the File menu select Export>Photosynth. 

Under most circumstances you will see the following dialog box.

Plugin Dialog Box
Plugin Dialog Expanded

This lets you indicate the properties of your panorama. At a minimum, you will need to enter the “Projection” and “Field of View” of your image (see list of available projections in second screenshot). For some panoramas, the horizon is not exactly in the center of the image.  In this case, you will need to uncheck “Center Image” and indicate the “Position of Horizon” (for example, 0 = top of image, 0.25 = one quarter of the way down from top, 1 = bottom of image).  Once you’ve done this, click “Publish”.

If you used AutoPano or ICE to stitch your panorama and you didn’t somehow change the size of the panorama (for example, by cropping), then you will not see this dialog box, and the process will continue directly to uploading. This is due to the metadata that those two programs store in panoramas that they create. All of the necessary information is already stored in the image.


The Photosynth Export Plug-in is provided free of charge and without official support. However, if you have questions or issues r, you may find help at the Product  Forum, which is monitored by the developers and provides community-based support.