You should use the auto-blend layers option form the edit menu. Not merge layers. Here is a video explaining how it works: http://petapixel.com/2014/09/07/tutorial-easily-focus-stack-using-photoshop-feature-probab ly-didnt-know/
thanks for the link but that shows exactly what i described my action to be in my first message....barring a few mis described words.
however i will use this video as a reference....the point were the guy shows how much detailing is in the different masks...well i have no detail in any of the masks except the last layers mask which shows as full white
i have inserted a screen shot to show the results of what i am trying to blend...merge...stack, as you can see from the layers panel.....this isn't the result I'm hoping to get. this end result is the same no matter what i try to merge...blend...stack. as you could imagine, I'm getting quite stressed about this, if you could shed some light that would be great.
That's definitely not right. Are you sure you are using the "auto-blend layers" item in the edit menu? Not one of the options in the layers menu? Also, did you select "seamless tones and colors" in the auto-blend layers dialog?
yeah I'm following the steps that i normally use...i open the files from LR into PS as layers...i wait till all the layers have downloaded then select all...from the top menu's i go edit...scroll down...and auto align, i then crop if needed then still with all layers selected i go back to the top menu...edit and merge layers, i ignore the vignette and select seamless tones and colours and that is the outcome. It is strange as i have done quite a few focus blended/stacked pics and i have been really pleased with them, then one day it just all stopped working.
there is one thing...when I'm aligning the layers and the progress bar appears on the screen, it always says it is working with 145 of 156 items??? is this the problem?
Jao, thanks for your help ; )
At no point should you do a merge layers except after you have created the
focus stack correctly. Where you say "with all layers selected i go back to
the top menu...edit and merge layers, i ignore the vignette and select
seamless tones and colours and that is the outcome" I think you are going
to the wrong menu option. you should not have a vignette option for
example. You need to go to the Edit menu and select "auto-bend layers.
Select "stack images" and select "Seamless Tones and Colors". I don't know
which dialog you are using but it sounds like what happens when you create
a panorama using the photo merge option in the file menu. That doesn't work
you are correct...the ignore vignette is on the align layers, my mistake.
i will state all the steps i take as i take them...this time in the correct order.
once all the layers are there to work with, i select all the layers by clicking on the top one ...holding the shift key and then clicking the bottom layer...selecting all layers.
I then go...edit (on the top task bar) auto align layers ( this is where the ignore vignette option is...my mistake) select auto...select geometric distortion(i have tried this selected and de-selected) and then ok.
i then crop the result.
then with all layers still selected...i go ...edit...auto blend...stack images....seamless tones and colours selected...and hit OK. i have also tried it without seamless tones and colours selected and still get blurred result.
That looks like the exact right sequence of things to do. I do not
understand why it isn't working for you. Very strange.
Those just appear to be the names of your layers. Normally you don't see a
count there. But you can see that your filenames are "untitled(142 of
156).NEF". this is probably done by your importing into Lightroom. You
probably have a file rename in there. That said, is it possible that you
don't have the right files in here. When you progressively hide the layers
from the top in the layers panel, do you see any difference between the
layers in your file? What you see might simply be that the files are the
same for some strange reason.
yeah. if i select/ deselect the images it will show each pick in their own DOF plain. each shot is a different plain of focus.
is that what you were asking?
when importing from LR i select the shots i want from the sequence i shot and then edit...open as layers. ill try putting the shots i want into their own file and see if it works from there.
no...that didn't work either.....i even tried opening up the file directly from PS by following the scripts method....still no joy
thanks for your help
No clue what to do. Perhaps you should post in the Photoshop forum instead of the Lightroom one. Doesn’t look like a Lightroom problem at all if the layers are all different, it should blend.
There was a bug in PS CC 2014 where focus stacking and maybe panos didn't work properly, but this has been fixed in 2014.2.1 which you should be able to update to as of a few days ago. Check what version of PS you're using - Help / Updates and if you're not up-to-date then log out of and back into the CC Desktop application using "Gear" / preferences / Account Sign-out.
yep...after some searching on internet, turns out all i needed to do was do an update as this was a common problem.... all sorted now