Helicon Focus
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Helicon Focus
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d-Studio, Ltd is developing and supporting Mac version of Helicon Focus under the joint venture with Helicon Soft Ltd.

Helicon Focus Workflow

Step 1. Creating stack of images

You are supposed to work with an optical microscope and a digital camera, or with additional macrolens on digital camera.

  • Set your digital camera to manual focusing mode(!!) and set the focus to infinity.
  • Manual mode (shutter speed and exposure) is also preferable to avoid fluctuation of brightness.
  • Adjust the microscope to make the topmost area of the object sharp.
  • Take a shot. Use the remote control (if available) to minimize any shaking of the camera.
  • Using the fine adjustment controls, the shift sharp area a little down.
  • Take a shot.
  • Use small, roughly regular steps while adjusting the mircoscope and taking shots. It is better when sharp areas overlap.
  • Take shots until you reach the lowest area of the scene.
  • Copy images from the camera to your computer.

Step 2. Loading images to Helicon Focus

  • Launch Helicon Focus application.
  • Add files with Add Images command, you can use menu bar -> File -> Add Images… menu item or appropriate button on toolbar. Note that multiple selection is possible with the Open File dialog. Also you can just drag’n’drop your images to Source Images list.

Helicon Focus supports JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PSD and various RAW formats with 8 and 16 bits per channel.

Step 3. Combining images

  • Run calculation with Render button in toolbar.
  • Review the resulting image, run again with new parameters if needed.

Step 4. Saving the output file

  • Click on the image in the output list you want to save, then use the menu command File -> Save or hotkey Command-S.
  • In the save dialog select the file format (JPEG, BMP, TIFF, JPEG2000, PSD) and set the name of the output file.

If the input files have 16 bit per channel, then output TIFF will also be written with 16 bit quality.

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