Photoshop: Auto Blend Layers not focus blending - Photoshop 2014.1

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I have 4 registered images of fungi, all images are at the same exposure settings but focused at different levels within the frame. I need to 'blend' together to make one image with a combined DoF.
Ok, so I've imporetd into PSCC as 4 stacked Layers, non of which are Background Layers. I've selected all 4, auto alligned and then used Auto Blend Layers [ABL]. The outcome is that the top 3 layers have totaly black masks applied and the bottom all white. All I basically get as an output is one of the 4 images, no selectivity whatsoever, presumably because of the 3 totally black masks. It also executes the process very quickly.
I assume ABL should be selecting the better focused areas on each image [white on the black masks] and combining all to give me one image with collective DoF. This isn't happening
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At last the bug is fixed after upload today 6th Oct .can get on now and play with my macro .
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Yes, it does work again, but I noticed when I played a self-created action to both align and blend the three shift-focused images that it took quite a bit longer for blending than it did on CS 6. A minor problem, but I did notice a difference. At least I don't have to go back and forth between applications to get to the same end result.

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Good fix, worked perfectly... I must have timed my rant well :-)
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Great to hear. Thanks for everyone's patience.
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I just hope they honor at least one month of my contract.

I found the bug seven days after the 'upgrade' and have been waiting ever since. It's been over sixty days since I spent nearly two hours with one of the Adobe Tech people, only to find out that there was a bug in the upgrade.

I'm pleased that it now works!
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Should we install the previous update as well as the October update (2014.2)?
Or just the latest?
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You only need to install the latest update.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
auto-align and auto blend "broke" in the previous release, have they been fixed or does no mention mean they have not been fixed..


lots of comments directed to Adobe on this subject.
Looks like the integrity of giving people what they paid for or fixing it when it breaks are going down the slippery slope.

Function was broke in initial release but there were work arounds, next release killed it totally.

How does one get an answer to questions like this, or has Adobe just gotten to big ????
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It does not work the way it used to, load layers out of bridge, and there is no easy way to get instructions. I works if you open in PS then stack. Why are things fixed but never mentioned or explained to customers. The lists of things "new" is great, how about a list of "things fixed" and how to use them now.
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That doesn't make sense. That stuff hasn't changed.
And the instructions are in the online help for each product.
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have you actually down loaded from the site (Mac Computer) and tried to use this function.
CS6 - it worked from Bridge very nicely
CC (2014.0) Picks from Bridge are gone, work arounds available.
CC(2014.1) Picks from Bridge are gone, focus stacking in PS does not work.
CC(2014.2) Picks from Bridge are still Missing, stacking in PS now works, just not well.

let me know how you do after trying on real computer.
william.obrien@tmeic.com
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Just checked again, after downloading 2014.2 yesterday. Th instructions tell you how to do it , the application does not allow you to do it, the Tools>Photoshop>Load Files into Photoshop Layers selection is missing in Bridge. Does this make sense ???
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You probably uninstalled an earlier version of Photoshop after installing CC 2014 and removed the scripts from Bridge (they didn't ref-count the files correctly).
Reinstalling Photoshop should replace the Bridge scripts.
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Chris,
you are correct on the initial CC install and CS6 uninstall. BUT---- I have reinstalled PS-CC three times since then, it is still not set up for a correct install and there does not seem to be a way to get there.
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Chris, Just tried the following---
a- uninstalled Bridge CC
b- copied Bridge CS6 and files to Applications folder
c- reinstalled Bridge CC
Result, still does not show correct picks for tools for Bridge CC
NEXT - UnInst PS CC

Bill
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Chris,
Tried above, did not help.
Have a computer with CS6, Added PS-CC and Bridge-CC.
PS-CC and Bridge-CC do not have any of the above problems. Menues are back to where they should be.

Problem now is what are the files I need to add from CS6 to get PS-CC working correctly, they are not in the latest revision.

(Adobe's revision control needs some serious retraining or rework)

Could not get CS6 to download on my main machine, can not get my sign-on/password to work correctly.
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Chris,
UnInstalled PS-CC, Bridge-CC, Any other remnants of any PS program,
Installed CS6
Installed PS-CC and Bridge-CC

still do not have correct menus, but I can get my work done, just not straight forward and easy.

thanks for your help

Bill
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Everybody, keep calm.
The issue is adressed. Auto-blend works...

Now, let's move on to Dreamweaver...
Milestone. Adobe supporting Bracket, must now support DW.
Muse is entertaining. EA is less integrated than it should be.
Extracting CSS absoluting positionning in PS or AI isn't quite a improvement.
We need DW improvements. Not design improvements. Ergonomy improvements.

I found hard to keep potential customers/students interested in pursuing any training about DW just by saying "Oh, and it well integrates with photoshop..."
That's not appealing.. at all...

Well, I'm off-topic..
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Yes, and this site does not support DreamWeaver.
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just saying...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled please add auto blend feature back again.

edit >autoblend>stacking not working in New Cc but does work previous version. it is very inconvenient and time consuming to be using 2 versions of PS in my workflow . This is a feature that I use extensively to combine layers with different focus areas.
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Today is 12/23/14, I just downloaded the latest version of Photoshop CC (2014.2.2), and autoblend still does not work. Once a reproducible bug of this magnitude is identified, especially a feature which worked perfectly in an old version, there is no excuse for taking this long to correct it. No, we shouldn't keep calm, Photoshop is expensive, and Adobe needs to get off its rear end and fix this.
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Correction: I finally got it to work. Anyone still having problems, try doing what is described here: http://photography.tutsplus.com/artic...
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It works in older versions just not the current 2014 version. The link is from 2013. It does not apply
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We have not seen a case in 2014.2 where it does not work. The issue discussed in this topic was quite definitely fixed in 2014.2.
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It is not working. I have two computers, desktop OS 7 and Laptop OS 8. both with CC 2014.2. Selecting 7 images in Bridge with different focus points and selecting Photomerge renders a 7 layer file with 7 masks, 6 completely black and one completely white.
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Again, this was fixed in the 2014.2 update. The behavior you describe only happened in 2014.1.
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AGREE ... they are not listening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This works correctly in 2014.2.2. Do you have the latest updates installed? http://adobe.ly/PS-Up-To-Date
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I have Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.2.2 20141204.r.310 2014/12/04:23:59:59 CL 994532 x64
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit AND it does not work. I also have Adobe CS 6 on my computer and it appears I can no longer access it as it has become unrecognizable. What happened to CS 6?
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Hi Raymond, it sounds like you are seeing a different issue than this thread covers. Customer who were affected by this specific issue has confirmed it works after it was fixed in an update. Can you create a new topic and be specific about what does not work for you? Does it fail completely? Does it give an error?

Did you uninstall CS6? You can install prior versions of applications in Creative Cloud following these instructions: http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud...
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No this is the right place. I am attempting to focus stack 8 images of a flower. It goes through the process of align and blend and I am left with 7 black masks and 1 pure white. No error ... I should be getting 8 masks each with a mixture of white and black as part of the blend.... it is not happening. It works in CS 6
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That sounds like you are still running 2014.1 and have not installed the 2014.2 update.
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I am running 2014.2 It is not working. I have two computers, desktop OS 7 and Laptop OS 8. Selecting 7 images in Bridge with different focus points and selecting Photomerge renders a 7 layer file with 7 masks, 6 completely black and one completely white.
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Again, this was fixed in the 2014.2 update. The behavior you describe only happened in 2014.1.
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There was this guy from Adobe on here that tells me that it's my system. I have two computers with two different operating systems (7&8) and neither works - give me a break...
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Again, as mentioned at the top of this topic - this issue was fixed in the 2014 updates. The bug was introduced in 2014.1 and fixed months ago in 2014.2.
All you have to do to fix it is install the updates.
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i HAVE INSTALLED 2014.2 AND IT DOES NOT WORK.
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Again, the issue discussed in this topic is fixed in Photoshop CC 2014.2.
Other people are using the auto merge features without any problems in Photoshop CC 2014.2. We have not seen any problems with auto merge in Photoshop CC 2014.2, and cannot reproduce the problem you describe in Photoshop CC 2014.2.

You may want to try uninstalling Photoshop and reinstalling it again to make sure you didn't have a problem with the updater.
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Done that but I also have CS 6 on the computer, do they share resources AND is there a conflict?
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No, they don't share resources, no there is no conflict with other versions.
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I just came across this thread while trying to find information on the net that would enlighten me regarding this problem. So far I've been very happy with Photoshop CC, the first 'full' version of photoshop I've ever had. I became very disappointed recently when attempting, unsuccessfully, to perform depth of field stacking / blending using the auto blend feature. I am now enlightened - it isn't my lack of knowledge but a flaw in the software that's causing this issue. Any idea when this problem will be fixed?
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Again, as explained at the top of the topic - this was already fixed in CC 2014.2. Please install the updates.
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Re your comment to Michael Knight, it is not fixed for everybody, and every time I update something else is broken, (This time it is moving files in bridge, takes way to long). Focus Stacking in Bridge/PS has been broken since First/Second issue of software. Continuing to sharply explain to people that it is FIXED when they know it is broken just reduces your competence and irritates people who are continuing to pay for poor service.
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Focus Stacking was fixed in 2014.2, please install the update.
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Could someone explain exactly how I can install the CC 2014.2. update? I'm a bit of an 'idiot' when it comes to this type of thing.
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Either open the Creative Cloud app, or select Help -> Updates.
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I have installed the update and it still does not work.
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Check Help -> System Info to make sure you have 2014.2.2 installed.
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I have also installed the update - I didn't realise until very recently that updates didn't happen automatically. And, to my jubilation, it appears to be working!
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Glad to hear it's working. The Creative Cloud application (either on the Mac OS X menu or Windows task bar tray) will indicate when new updates are available. You can also manually check for updates by select Help>Updates...

Keeping Photoshop is Up-To-Date: http://adobe.ly/PS-Up-To-Date
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It is not working. I have two computers, desktop OS 7 and Laptop OS 8. Selecting 7 images in Bridge with different focus points and selecting Photomerge renders a 7 layer file with 7 masks, 6 completely black and one completely white.
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Please try doing the operation in Photoshop (not Bridge), and verify that you are using Photoshop CC 2014.2.2. It sounds like you are still using Photoshop 2014.1 by mistake.
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Here is System Info; Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.2.2 20141204.r.310 2014/12/04:23:59:59 CL 994532 x64
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
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Did you try the auto blend in Photoshop (not Bridge)?
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I Opened PS CC 2014.2.2, Selected File>Automate, Browsed and located the 7 images, PS aligned the images but gave me 6 images with completely black masks and 1 image with a completely white mask -- not working!!!. In CC have to load the 7 images manually but I get the focus stacking function to work.
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Yes, I tried it in PS and not Bridge.
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Can you post the 7 images you're having trouble blending? (post them to Creative Cloud and share the link/URL here)
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Raymond Grzan

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They are dng files. Do they need to be jpegs? I don't know the process. I don't use cloud.
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Unfortunately, ADOBE has become the new XFINITY/COMCAST when it comes to customer service. I absolutely dread contacting customer service because I have found that there is not a great depth of knowledge available and/or a willingness to fix the problem. I have been an ADOBE customer since the days of PS2 and felt that the company worked well with its customers. It appears since the advent of the CREATIVE CLOUD, the wheels have come off the bus. Unfortunately, there is not a competitive playing field so it makes it difficult for the consumer.
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Hi Allun, what is the specific issue you are encountering? We're happy to help.
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This is a great conversation that's separate from the main one, so I created a new conversation to continue the discussion.

Please reference the new conversation here: How do I switch from a Single App plan to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan?
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Making it difficult is often you get Adobe India or Philippines and language becomes a problem.