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Focus stacking software

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by SqueamishOssifrage, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Recently I have been playing around with focus stacking for macro, using a focusssing rack and Zerene Stacker.

    I am pretty impressed with the 30 day trial of Zerene stacker, which I downloaded because I had heard it was one of the best. However, are there any other software options I should try out before I part with my pennies, bearing in mind that I am using a rack, and not differential focussing?

    Suggetsions more than welcome, as long as they have a trial period!
  2. AlanClifford

    AlanClifford Well-Known Member

  3. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Hours in photoshop?

    Might rake out some old stacked shots and have a play with new software too though....see if it's any better these days.
  4. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    There is a free prog called CombineZP (http://www.hadleyweb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/CZP/News.htm)

    It is off-puttingly simple but works for me better than many others I've tried! I just use the auto settings so all I need do is select the files in the right order and click go. Worth a look.
  5. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Very interesting. I see that the 10 images that you stacked appear to have the same size and perspective. How were these images taken? I presume by varying focus.

    I am not sure that it would be of use to me, because it appears to be pointed toward smaller images, obtained through a microscope. Also, the licence terms appear to point solely towards research.
  6. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Thanks, definitely worth a look, and I got quite excited about it, after I read about how it works. However, it kept on crashing on me, despite running it in compatibilty mode for Windows XP SP2 - I am using Win 7/64 bit.

    I suspect the problem is that my trial stack consists of 25 139MB 16 bit TIFs, or about 3.5GB of data. As a 32 bit program, it can only 'see' 4GB, and it still needs space for the program itself. My old CS3/32 bit limits the image space to 3255MB. I usually give my CS4/64 bit about 8GB to play with, and I gave Zerene Stacker 10GB for the trial.

    ...so I guess in my original post I should have included the caveat 'also must be 64 bit'! :eek:
  7. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Not while there's still beer in the 'fridge! ;)

    So far, I haven't found anything better than Zerene Stacker, so it's worth downloading the trial, and the licence is pretty reasonable too, for a rather well written bit of software.

    If you checked it out quickly, you might even get 'Er indoors' to get it for you as a(nother) Christmas present. :cool:
  8. AlanClifford

    AlanClifford Well-Known Member

    If I remember, and it's how I would do it if I were doing it now, is a tripod and focusing each shot further down the warthog.

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