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William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
May 14, 2013 - 5:45pm

Does anyone know of an Aperture plugin (or any non-Photoshop stand alone app) that automates focus stacking? I realize it could be done manually in any external editor or plugin that provides layers. But sometimes the complexity of an image benefits from an software solution.

Thanks.

Thomas Emmerich's picture
by Thomas Emmerich
May 14, 2013 - 5:56pm

OnOne Software’s Perfect Layers can supposedly do focus stacking. I haven’t used it.

If you google “focus stacking Aperture plugin” you might find some other options.

Thomas

William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
May 14, 2013 - 6:02pm

I did the search but no clear results. I saw Perfect Layers in the results, but I found no mention on their site or in their docs. So, I suspect they were suggesting focus stacking was possible “if you do it manually.”

Thomas Emmerich's picture
by Thomas Emmerich
May 14, 2013 - 6:08pm

This macnn article states “The software offers advanced tools like exposure and texture blending, multiple-light blending, focus stacking…”

To me that means some type of automated way to do focus stacking. But like I stated earlier, I haven’t tried it.

Thomas

William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
May 14, 2013 - 6:09pm

Thanks. I’ll have to take a closer look!

Thomas Emmerich's picture
by Thomas Emmerich
May 14, 2013 - 6:15pm

They have a 30 day free fully functional trial. Nothing to lose but your time.

Check their download page.

Thomas

William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
May 14, 2013 - 6:48pm

I own the Perfect Suite but cannot find anything in their manuals or training videos that suggests an “automated” focus stacking feature. I believe they might mention the term but only to suggest that “you” could do the selection, not that the software does it for you. Photoshop does a nice job at it, but so far it appears only PS does the selection work for you. However, I’d love to hear that someone knows of an alternative.

Mike Boening's picture
by Mike Boening
May 24, 2013 - 1:41pm

You might want to try this software, Helicon. I haven’t used it but found a few articles on it on the web. http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconsoft-products/helicon-focus/

William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
May 24, 2013 - 4:13pm

Mike, thanks for the lead. Helicon looks very promising. They have a 30-day trial which I will take advantage of sooner or later. I was a little disappointed that they require a yearly licenses, but $30/yr. for the Lite version won’t break the bank. Thanks again.

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