Photoshop: Improving extended depth of field in Photoshop

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A suggestion for improving the next Photoshop release. I have been using Photoshop for 10 years, starting with version 6. At present I am making heavy use of the extended depth of field feature for still life photography. However, the program doesn't work as well as one would hope. If the choice is between sharply focused elements of the image and the same segments not at all in focus, the program frequently gets it right; this is usually the case when there are sharp edges in the thing being photographed. But when thee are no sharp-edged things in the subject, the program frequently doesn't pick the sharpest parts of the different exposures. Result are frequently unusable.

What would help would be an option where the user could override the program results. Thus if the program selects a set of pixels and there are sharper pixels in another layer, it would be really beneficial if one could manually select the sharp pixels to replace the fuzzy ones chosen by the algorithm --- sort of paint in the parts you want. Another EDOF program on the market, Helicon Focus, has such a feature. Maybe your programmers should check out this product if they haven't done so already.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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One of the guys in the our local Twin Cities Photoshop User Group did a demo where he used the blur tool on areas of layers he wanted excluded from the algorithm. It worked really well - at least on the examples he showed.
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Thanks for the suggestion, Jeffrey. Makes sense, as by blurring the parts one doesn't want more than the segments one does want in another layer, perhaps I'll wind up with the sharpest pixels. I'll try it.

Wayne
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Cool. Let me know how that works out for you.