To create a 360-degree view of a product, several photos of the product are shot as it rotates on a turntable. The images are then assembled with software such as https://www.webrotate360.com/. Perfectly centering the product before the photos are taken to avoid a wobbling effect in the 360-view is challenging, particularly for a wine bottle for example.
I’ve attempted to align 36 shots of a jar in Photoshop, but I’m just not coming up with a good workflow. I’ve tried loading the images into layers, object selection/new layer via copy, and the move tool, but it’s a messy process to align them. I’d greatly appreciate comments and suggestions to help with this project.
From your description I can't imagine what and how you'd like to align.
Here’s an example: https://snap36.com/360-gallery/wine-bottle/
When the turntable on which the product is approximately centered is rotated and shot 36 times as it's rotated, you’ll notice that it's slightly off-axis or off-center. The person who shot the 36 individual stills in this example did a good job of manually aligning the bottle, but it wasn’t good enough to stop a complaint or two. Centering a product manually is tough, so I imagined it might be easier to align it in Photoshop. Hope that helps.
Put the wine bottle on a turntable and shoot/capture a video using your DSLR.
That's how it's usually done, but the video is usually unacceptable if the axis isn't spot on. It's too challenging (time-consuming) to perfectly center a bottle on a platform and also align the lens perfectly. I'm sure it can be done in Photoshop, but I'm struggling with that.