2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 5:36 AM by pavalentine RSS

    PhotoMerge Alignment Problem in PSE10




      Last year I posted a questions on this site about problems with PhotoMerge Alignment problems in PSE8. 


      I have since purchased PSE10 and upgraded my PC to an Intel I5 processor, 8GB RAM, and Windows 7-64 bit.


      I continue to have problems using PhotoMerge with large files.  Auto-alignment simply doesn't work unless I first reduce the photo size using the Image-Resize tool.


      Typical photo sizes are typically in the 15 MP range (e.g. 4928 x 3264 pixels).


      Today I have two questions:


      1) Is there another (better) work-around than having to reduce all my photos prior to using PhotoMerge?


      2) If not, what is the maximum allowable photo size for the PhotoMerge Auto-Alignment feature to work properly?




        • 1. Re: PhotoMerge Alignment Problem in PSE10
          domnic.rj23 Community Member

          1) Did you try using manual alignment tool in photomerge workflow? I believe you can use them to fix the alignment issues in your photos unless you are facing large scale alignment issues

          2) Though nothing has been documented about the size images in  Photomerge workflow, I believe working between 11-12 MP should give the best result for Photomerge.


          Another fact that I am unable to understand is that since Photomerge workflows have been created using actions, they shouldn't be affected by the size of the image used    

          • 2. Re: PhotoMerge Alignment Problem in PSE10
            pavalentine Community Member

            Hi Domnic,


            Thanks for the help.  These photos have extremely small misalignments and usually automatically align well after reducing the size.


            I tried the manual alignment tool and it is very tedious as you have to do both manual blending and manual alignment.  There doesn't seem to be a way to automatically blend and manually align. 


            Of course if the automatic alignment feature actually worked I wouldn't have this problem.  I can see spending the time for one or two sets of photos but I took dozens of sets on this latest shoot and can't bear the thought of manually adjusting all these photos.


            I'm now left with having to batch reduce all my photos in this group to something that will work.  I was just hoping to get some guidance on some "known" maximum size for this feature.  I will try your 11-12 MP suggestion and see where it gets me.


            Thanks again,