Focus Stacking Software

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Paul Timlett

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I've just completed Steve's Focus Stacking Workshop. I'm going to buy Zerene but wondered which version would enable me to carry out the functions Steve demonstrates in the course - Professional Edition, Prosumer Edition, or Personal Edition. Pretty certain I don't need the Professional Edition as this will be for my own personal use with the occasional print sale.
 

Steve

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Thanks for the purchase :)

For the tutorial, I demo'ed the features found in the Personal edition. I think they allow upgrades too if you change your mind.
 

Paul Timlett

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Thanks so much for the prompt response Steve. We’ve just been told by the Prime Minister here in England that we’re back into full lockdown for at least 6 weeks so I’ll have plenty of time to practice!
 

MrB

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Don't know if you have ever tried it Steve, but Affinity Photo has a focus stacking function built in that is very easy to use. It has less steps than what I have seen for Photoshop. From what I have just seen on their respective websites, the Zerene copy you reference is $89 while the Affinity Photo copy I have is normally $49.99 (on sale now for $24.99). I am just wondering if there is any advantage to using the Zerene software? I already have AF but would consider Zerene if there is a tangible benefit. Really like your content, BTW.
 

Steve

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Don't know if you have ever tried it Steve, but Affinity Photo has a focus stacking function built in that is very easy to use. It has less steps than what I have seen for Photoshop. From what I have just seen on their respective websites, the Zerene copy you reference is $89 while the Affinity Photo copy I have is normally $49.99 (on sale now for $24.99). I am just wondering if there is any advantage to using the Zerene software? I already have AF but would consider Zerene if there is a tangible benefit. Really like your content, BTW.
I don't have Affinity, so I can't really say. Zerene / Helicon do offer free trials, so I'd say best bet is to take them for a test drive and see if you like them better.
 

HBaldwin

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I have Photoshop 2020. How does that for stacking compared to Zerene or Helicon? Love the forums !
 
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