Enhance the focus of images by merging them, add a text watermark and export images as animations or 3D models with this user-friendly application
What’s new in Helicon Focus 7.7.3:
- A suggestion to install Adobe DNG Converter no longer shown when working with JPEG or TIFF images
- Publishing of the resulting image to Facebook failure fixed
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Helicon Focus is a powerful tool created to help macro or any kind of photographers that want to extend the depth of field in their shots.
The application makes use of a technique called ‘stacking’, which means that it takes multiple images and stacks them one on top of the other, overlapping and summing up the focused portions. To be able to do this, you need to have the same composition throughout the shots because the application uses anchor points to successfully blend the photos.
Though it sounds like a complicated process, the interface of the application convinces you otherwise. It displays a comprehensive structure that makes it easy to load the photos, select the blending method, output resolution and smoothing level.
Before rendering the images into one single output file, Helicon Focus allows you to retouch them to a certain extent. You can use a brush to copy parts from a source image, as well as clone them or paint with textures. The brushes can be adjusted in terms of size, hardness, color tolerance and brightness in order to ensure that you don’t exaggerate with the edit. In case you do, there is always the undo button.
As far as export possibilities go, Helicon Focus offers you quite a few. You can choose to save the final image in JPEG or TIFF format as well as print it. Apart from those, you can also create an animation that depicts the focus transition throughout the images, and even export them as individual PNG layers.
Since the end purpose of the application is to create a photo with an extended depth of field, Helicon Focus enables you to export the images as an explorable 3D model. Depending on the source images, the model won’t always look great but with practice you can certainly obtain some amazing results.
In closing, Helicon Focus is truly a wonderful tool for anyone that is into macro photography and is driven by the need of obtaining great levels of detail.
Helicon Focus is part of these download collections: Panorama Creator, Panorama Managers
Helicon Focus 7.7.3 for Windows