Photoshop: Auto-Align and Auto-Blend evolution

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As a jewelry photographer, I find myself consistently using the Auto-Align and Auto-Blend functions. I have two suggestions that I think would be easy enough to implement, but offer increased functionality, versatility, and create better quality results. This is all speculation and theory off of what I have seen when focus stacking 40mp images. My understanding of how these functions analyze and produce their results could be WAY off.

Auto-Align:
When focus stacking using typical procedure is to use a rail to move the camera on a fixed plane. With auto align, it will scale any and all of the images/layers I have in order to find common ground. I would like to see an option to either pick a layer or designate an image that would be used as the reference point. This layer/image would be unaltered by auto-align and the remaining items used would be adjusted to match that particular reference point.

Why?

If auto-align increases the scale of am image their is an automatic quality loss albeit small. By selecting the image/layer in the sequence that is furthest from the camera, the remaining images would be scaled down and that loss would be negligible as pixels would be dropped anyways. I would be able to retain maximum sharpness with this procedure and images would not be scaled larger than their original size.

Auto-Blend:

I have two ideas for this function that I feel are critical. I adore using the Seamless Tones checkbox until I have the occasional scenario where I need to adjust final layer masks. With this option on Photoshop modifies the original image to make seamless tones. We need to find a way around this, or to supplement it in a way that if an individual were to modify a layer mask, that manipulation could be corrected without attempting to use auto-blend with the function off. I will leave the solution to that to minds greater than my own.

The second change/addition I would like to see is an option to disable the creation of the layer mask for the bottom layer/image. Being that it is the last layer, there is no reason to spend time masking/modifying the layer as there isn't another one following it.

Let me know what you think or if you need examples/further explanation!

-Drew
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Drew Caldwell

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