Photoshop: Photomerge not working in CS5 or LR 4.1

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Running a 27" iMac 2.8ghz, 12 mb ram, OS X 10.7.3
Photoshop CS5 will not run the Photomerge script
LR 4.1 will not run the Edit In:Merge to Panorama script
Seems LR 4.1 will not run any scripts other than Edit In photohsop.

PS is running CR 6.7

LR script does initiate PS, but nothing else happens.

Tried it with 2mb .tiff files, and very small .jpg files.

Tried resetting disk permissions.
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greg west

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Posted 6 years ago

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Quit Lightroom and Photsohop.

Restore Photoshop's prefs: http://adobe.ly/PS_Prefs

Restart Lightroom and Photoshop and try again.
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greg west

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Thanks Jeffrey, been there and done that about a dozen times.
Tried restarting the computer too, to no avail.
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greg west

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Ok this is getting really strange. It seems I can do the photomerge on the SAMPLE images included in PS 5 but none other. I can do Merge to Panorama from 4.1 on the PS 5 SAMPLE images but none other.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Greg,

Did you have Lightroom 3 installed prior? Did it work correctly?

If you initiate from Photoshop, leaving Lightroom out of the equation, do any of the scripts under File>Scripts> work?

1. File > Scripts > Load Files into Stacks
2. Select all layers in Layers panel, then select Edit > Auto Align Layers.
3. Select Edit > Auto Blend Layers.

Does it fail on any of the steps above?
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I did have LR 3 but never used the Merge feature.

PS 5.1 on its own will NOT run any scripts on images that I have processed in either LR 4.1 or Capture One 6 Pro, Bridge 5.1

PS 5.1 WILL run scripts on sample images installed with PS.
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Jeffrey,

After much fideling and floundering, I determined that my Canon 5d MkII with Firmware 2.0.9 was the issue. I updated to 2.1.2, took some shots, processed them in both PS and LR and the merge scripts worked fine.

I also went back to some images that I processed in LR and PS before I installed Lion and I was able to Merge those as well.

So it seems to me that there was confluence of error with Lion and the camera Firmware 2.0.9 that was causing the problem.

I'll jump back in if the issue comes back.

Thanks for being there to help out.
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Do you still have some photos taken with the 2.0.9 firmware that still fail? I could believe that corrupted EXIF metadata could cause problems, but I've never seen it before. If you have files that still fail, I'd be curious to see what the problem is.
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Discovered that the raw images converted in Capture One pro will not work in CS5.1

Raw files directly in photoshop for panoramic works. Think Adobe is mad at Capture ;)
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The photomerge function in CS5 stopped working after I installed Lightroom 4 and still doesn't work after updating to LR4.1. The macro steps through the functions until it gets to 'Delete Layer' and then all of the images are deleted and the macro stops. I have tried running it from within CS5, starting from LR, and starting from Bridge. I have converted the image format from NEF to PSD, but each time it stops at the same place. However, the HDR function still works as expected.

My system settings are Windows 7 64bit, with all the latest updates and patches, PS 12.0.4 x64, and LR 4.1 and Camera Raw 7.1

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How can I fix photomerge in CS5 after installing Lightroom 4?.
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This is a followup from How can I fix photomerge in CS5 after installing Lightroom 4? because the topic was merged and this is the 'authoritative' reference

Following the instruction in the link to Restoring your prefs, I restarted my computer, and pressed the SHFT, CTRL, and ALT keys while starting CS5. A dialog box asked if I wanted to allow Photoshop to change my computer settings, to which I agreed, but I was not asked to delete my current settings in CS5.

I read the exchange in the merged topic, but I have a Nikon 300s. I also tried the merge using the samples photos but the process failed in the same manner. It does not seem that the cause of my problem is the same as Greg West
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After many attempts and suggested solutions that failed, I got the solution (for me, at least) from a Canon tech support agent: update to Adobe Camera Raw 6.7. I use CS5, and this solved the problem for the recent shots from my 5D Mk II and the new shots from my 5D Mk III. It's not the Canon firmware; the problem was the need for ACR 6.7; even if you don't use it to convert your RAW files (I use DxO for that), it still affects how Photoshop handles the RAW files from your particular camera. Lawrence Russ
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Hello,

My Adobe Photoshop CC crashes (not responding) when I attempt to perform
Automate>Photomerge of 5 images.

They are large TIFF files but I have had no problem performing more demanding photomerge operations on an inferior spec machine.

I have tried restarting my computer and all the performance preferences have been set to the recommended settings.

I also read in these forums that Camera Raw may be needed so I have downloaded and installed the latest version of this also.

Please let me know of any other info that might be useful