Microsoft Image Composite Editor


Microsoft Image Composite Editor

This great software by Microsoft has developed immensely and is still free!


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Many supported image formats, export in layers, clear and easy work flow.

Our Review:

I am very, very impressed with this photographic image stitcher Microsoft Image Composite Editor, abbreviated as "ICE". This great software by Microsoft has developed immensely and is still free! The first thing you have to have of course is some pics to stitch together and I have tried a number of different images from 2 to 8 the stitching of the images worked very well on all the panoramic pictures, whether it was vertical or horizontal. Opening formats it accepts JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG and HD Photo image.

There are four modes of camera motion to stitch your sequence of images, three fixed and one that you can adjust the distortion and that the 'Rotation motion'. When in this mode just click the 3D icon on the top taskbar, where you can tilt, zoom in and out. When you are happy with your construction then you can leave the cropping to another imaging software or auto crop. The finished panoramic image is exported into JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, HD Photo image, Adobe Photoshop, HD View Tileset and Deep Zoom Tileset.

As an added bonus .psd you can export in layers! Any other alterations can be achieved in your image software. The project can be saved as a .spi file enabling quick access if you so wish to return and alter the image again. I have read on several sites that the Fisheyed lens shots are not quite successful, but for most of us it does the job extremely well. If you have a Fisheye lens it would be great to inform us how you get on with it.

Update: The redesigned user interface makes the features in this excellent application more understandable and easier to use. Right on top of the interface, you can clearly see the workflow and complete your task to stitch photos comfortably with four simple steps: import, stitch, crop and export.

Microsoft Image Composite Editor was reviewed by on based on version 2.0.3.


I use ICE for a long time now and use it mainly to improve view angle of my pictures. Creates great panoramas. Has great auto completion.

The pictures made with a smartphone are not that great by themselves, but taking a few in a one place and stitching them together afterwards creates images with so much better quality. The auto complete works insanely good, easily fills in gaps like trees, clouds, water or even parts of buildings (sic).

IMHO creates panoramas better than google photos.

The downsides are that you need to think about it when taking the photos because it requires multiple pictures from the exact same location. Also occasional artifacts in the result picture, when parts are taken from multiple images.

Highly recommend. Free tool with excellent possibilities.