Photoshop: Problems with Focus Stacking in Photoshop CC

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I put 7 photos with a little different focus into layers in Photoshop CC. With the operations “Edit > Auto-Align Layers...” and “Edit > Auto-Blend Layers...” I started the Focus stacking. The result was not satisfying. There was some blur in the resulting photo (see left side in example photo). But when I made the “Edit > Auto-Blend Layers...” for the first pair of photos and reunion in one layer and then, step by step, the same with the other layers, I got a good result (see 2nd photo). Conclusion: The "Auto-blend layers" function doesn't work properly with more then two layers.

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Burghard Engel

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Burghard, would you be willing to post the 7 source images so we can try and repro internally? (Dropbox or other sharing service)
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Burghard Engel

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Hi Jeffrey, yes, that should be no problem.
I'd like to think, that you will respect my copyright and will use my photos only for bug research.
As I started my focus stacking from Lightroom, I send you the original raw and xmp files. If you need TIFF, please let me know.
Do you have an email address to send the Dropbox Link?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Correct. We'd just use them for internal testing. I'll send you an email shortly. Thanks!
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Hi, can I just add that I have also experienced major issues with the Blurring of image when Focus Stacking. I have tried with many of images.
I have also tried 2 third party pieces of software which worked very well, so know it can be done.

I'd be interested to hear how you got on with Burghard's images.
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Focus Stacking works poorly in PS CC and not at all in PS CC 2014.
Not only don't we have Mini Bridge anymore but we don't have focus stacking any more either. With two major losses from CS6 whats the point of the cloud based product?
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Hi,

Even I am facing the same problem. I have tried Focus Stacking images following the same steps as Burghard Engel did. But the end result is not satisfactory. The image gets blurred.

Please help if someone finds a way out.

Thanks
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in my experience the problem is with the auto-blend feature. I use this tool constantly with macro images. as far as I can tell, auto-blend simply selects one layer and masks out the rest leaving you with a partly 'blurred' image. I reported this to the UK telephone helpline and they quickly confirmed the problem as a bug in the latest CC 2014 update and gave me a link to Adobe.com that shows the only work-around available is 'use the previous version of Photoshop CC until we can fix the problem'. I was assured the engineers are working flat out to solve this problem but I'm still waiting for that next update . . .
Roger Needham
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L Davison

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My current version of CC also has issues with focus stacking. It doesn't work. I rolled back to the previous version and it is fine.
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KarenWilliam Hill

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I have been seeing autoblend failing at all times. I word around this in CC 2014 using select focus masks. I now see that I need to return to the previous version.
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an other great miss for our money...
first the blank screens and now this focus stacking failure...
i'm not a happy camper with 400 photo's to stack ... :-(
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I have the same problem the focus stacking dont work. The images are worse and blur after proces http://screencast.com/t/i8eyTDxFTr
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Colin Meager

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I thought it was me until I found this thread. Been having this stacking problem for some time and have tried Zerene but I don't really want to use another program. Seems to be taking a long time for Adobe to correct.
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Eric Zabinsky

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Works great with 5.1. Not at all in CC.
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Carolyn Elcock

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Has this issue been sorted yet? I am also having problems