Hello everyone, I am a researcher at the University of Illinois studying the causes of cancer metastasis. Part of our research involves compiling tons of tiny pictures of cancer cells into one large complete image. I come to you as a person completely ignorant to almost all things related to photography and image software. The camera we are working with is connected to a microscope. Each picture we take with the camera is approximately 1/200th of the total size of the image we desire at the end. Essentially, we take a picture, adjust the microscope's viewing frame a tiny amount, and take another image until we have taken pictures of the entire petri dish we are imaging. Every image has a small area of overlap with its surrounding images so that they can be compiled together as one large seamless image. Currently, we have been using photoshop to overlap each image manually until we have a gigantic completed image at the end. However, this process is extremely long and tedious. The amount of pictures we have taken in total may take weeks to compile manually. As scientists, none of us are very familiar with any sort of image processing software. We really do not even know where to begin. I am not even sure if this is the right place to ask. I come to you for help because I thought you might be able to point us in the right direction by telling us if some sort of software exists that could automatically compile large amounts of images that have a slight overlap. It seems possible, since each image has at least some area in common with the images that surround it, but our lack of experience is a great hindrance. Sorry for the length of this post and I am very grateful for any help you may be able to provide.