Thank you so much for the input!!
I can say the $19.99 “PhotoStitcher” did not work with the first set (of two!) objects I was trying to merge. Asked for a refund within 30 minutes of buying the app! It may work for interesting/complex panoramas; but I can try it later, if I get stuck. Several of you mentioned “don’t go cheap”!! – You were right.
Didn’t know Adobe or Affinity would do that automatically! … I finally upgraded (laptop and macOS) and can’t use my old 32 bit Photoshop w/o some effort … My version may also be old enough to not have the feature! Pondering getting the subscription. BUT, I do already own Affinity! Bought it on sale some time ago.
Watched a few YouTube videos and got some things to work – THIS video blew my mind! … If you’ve got 7 minutes to spare, you’ll see some magic being done in Capture One and in Affinity.
Affinity merged the first two I was working on perfectly and stubbornly refused to help me with the second two(!). But that’s due to operator inexperience. I got it done manually in Affinity, eventually.
Pondering going for the Photoshop (and some other parts) subscription; but I do so little photo-editing (until I don’t and then need to do some work, sigh).
One thing I love about Photoshop is, with every edit, there seems to be a little checkbox where I can see the photo with and without the adjustment. That’s priceless. I’ve seen people save layer-states and look at differences by making layers visible/invisible; but that’s a hassle, compared to that little checkbox!
Thanks to y’all in this thread, I tried and immediately bought PicSew(!). Very useful. Thank you to all who recommended it.
I’m fairly sure ANY program or app. is going to work perfectly in some situations and balk in another.
Going to work on my skills in Capture One, Affinity and some other software!
Off-topic from my original post: Evaluating the free version now of Apollo One (for photo viewing). Still looking for a Mac-friendly replacement for the long-dead CPIC photo viewer for Windows. It’s out there somewhere.
“Forcing myself” into the world of updated & currently available apps and software will be better for me in the long run. … At least that’s what I tell myself!!