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Helicon Focus &#; History of changes (Windows)

What is new in the latest version

Windows versionHelicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () (87 Mb)

  • A plugin error when exporting from Lightroom fixed (only occurred on a small number of systems)
  • DNG format support added to the Capture One plugin on Mac
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Lightroom plugin improved to allow multiple parallel export tasks
  • Lightroom plugin: preset added for exporting raw to Helicon Focus in DNG format
  • OpenCL crash fixed that occurred when source images had significantly different sizes
  • OpenCL crash fixed that occurred when manual focus detection area was enabled
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • 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
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • "CL_BUILD_PROGRAM_FAILURE" error when activating OpenCL fixed for Intel graphics adapters
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Automatic brightness bug in OpenCL mode fixed
  • Method A OpenCL implementation fixed
  • Lightroom integration fixed for batch mode
  • Nvidia 9xx GPUs support fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • OpenCL acceleration: all recent AMD graphics card supported (Radeon VII and other Vega variants, including workstation and mobile GPUs; Radeon [XT], [XT], [XT])
  • Various bugs fixed
  • 'Add current sources' option in batch mode loads all files from the current source image list to batch mode. Now it's possible to split stacks exported from Lightroom
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • CR3 raw format supported (but only when saving the results to DNG; saving to TIFF/JPG doesn't transfer the metadata)
  • Options to hide the tool bar and the status bar added in menu - View (useful for smaller screens)
  • Erroneous message "Cannot save project when another output was used as source" fixed
  • Color tint when exporting layers fixed
  • Numerous smaller bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Reliability improvements - a number of issues causing Helicon Focus to crash fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Multiple reliability improvements, bug fixes
  • User interface improvements: options to "Show grid" and "Hide source file name" are added under the View menu for retouching; missing keyboard shortcuts added (Save all, Open stack), previously existing shortcuts made visible in the menu
    (Zoom in/out, Folder monitor). Tab order in the "Preferences" dialog fixed
  • Batch processing: "Split stack" and "Apply parameters to other stacks" performance improved significantly
  • Projects can now be loaded in command line mode
  • Multiple "Save all" bugs fixed
  • AMD RX series graphics cards supported for OpenCL acceleration
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • 30% speed up on CPU
  • Optimizations for AVX capable processors
  • Apple notarization
  • 'Save All' feature added
  • Minor bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Incorrect trial version limitations bug fixed
  • Open recent option added
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Translation and help update
  • DNG converter update
  • Saving activation code for automatic registration
  • EXIF and XMP handling fixes
  • Watermark on saved images in registered Lite version bug fixed
  • Minor fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Colors in navigator window fixed for DNG stacks
  • Brush size per brush type preserve fix
  • Lauch without OpenCL if previous launch with OpenCL failed.
    --disable-opencl command line option added
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fix DPI in output images
  • Fix saving 32bit float images to JPEG
  • Fix default JPEG quality setting
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • OpenCL hardware acceleration (Pro license required)

Compatibility list:
NVidia 9xx, 10xx, 20xx series
AMD Radeon 4xx, 5xx series
Intel HD Graphics 5xx, 6xx series
At least 2Gb of VRAM is required

  • Raw codecs updated
  • Various ui improvements and bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Turning off "Adjust brightness" no longer produces artifacts
  • Fixed image thumbnails not being interpolated
  • Proper detection of missing source files when loading a project
  • Better logging of some issues so that bug reports are more helpful
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • New feature: Folder Monitor - now Helicon Focus can monitor the specified folder and process the stack automatically once all the images of the stack are uploaded
  • New feature: Manual focus detection area adjustment (can be enabled in Preferences -> Autoadjustments): shows a blue rectangle of selection area and allows you to adjust the area of alignment of frames in the stack
  • New feature: Crop result image automatically (Preferences -> Autoadjustments): lets you auto-crop all images in the stack, e. g. when there are artifacts on the edge of the image, or when there's an are that lacks focus data. Cropping the image properly helps avoid focus stacking artifacts induced by such useless areas
  • User interface somewhat reworked, the list of rendering results moved to the bottom of the window. The minimum allowed height of the main window has been reduced, it can now fit the screen on some laptops where previously the window was too large for the screen
  • Method B reworked, it now produces good image in some of the difficult cases that previously resulted in artifacts
  • Performance improved, especially on multi-core systems
  • Memory consumption optimized, it is now bound to a certain fraction of system's total memory (configurable in Preferences -> Performance). Within that limit, Helicon Focus will use as much memory as possible to avoid re-computing things, and, ultimately, to speed up rendering
  • Disk cache optimized to avoid situations when all the free space is used up by Helicon Focus
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Updated Adobe DNG converter
  • Minor performance improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Lightroom integration: Helicon Focus no longer exits automatically upon saving the rendering result
  • 3D viewer crash fixed on Windows
  • Batch processing, command line mode: TIFFs are now saved with LZW compression by default
  • Some other minor improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Adobe DNG converter made the default raw decoder
  • Fixed the image loading error when Adobe DNG converter is used and importing a raw images takes longer than 30 seconds
  • Fixed the retouching brush not updating after loading a different source image until the cursor is moved
  • Support for TIFF files with non-integer number of bytes per channel added (e. g. 12 bits)
  • 3D model now correctly gets the retouched depth map
  • IIQ raw format support added
  • The Windows Helicon Focus executable is now large address-aware, which means it can utilize more than 2GB RAM on bit Windows systems
  • Batch processing: the list of source stacks can now be sorted by various columns
  • Some more minor bugs fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Fixed "phantom" brush strokes that were sometimes applied when switching source images
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • 3D Viewer video export error on OS X fixed
  • Fixed saving results as DNG in batch processing mode
  • Drag and drop support implemented for the batch processing dialog
  • Fixed splitting stacks by shooting time
  • Fixed a couple errors in managing stacks in the batch processing dialog
  • Silent compilation: fixed the message about missing DNG converter
  • Color profile is now properly applied in silent compilation mode
  • Fixed rendering grayscale (single-channel) and 4-channel (alpha) images (all processing modes)
  • Output image DPI is always set to the value specified in Helicon Focus settings now
  • Rendering performance improved on multi-core CPUs
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed the program freezing on startup on some machines where it has never been run before
  • EXIF metadata is now properly transferred to the resulting images in batch processing mode
  • Fixed a crash or lockup when cancelling render in progress
  • Error handling improved in some cases
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed a critical problem that occurred if the cache folder was not accessible
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • New feature: video import (opens video files, automatically extracts frames and loads them as source images for further focus stacking)
  • Fixed an issue with the "Split stacks by time" function in the batch processing dialog: the wrong EXIF time tag was taken into account so the results were incorrect sometimes. Additionally, the time resolution is now improved from 1 minute to 1 second
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed an error that could cause black pixels to appear on the edge of the final image
  • Fixed a minor error in the Publish to Web tool
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed an occasional crash during stack rendering
  • Fixed a crash when opening and/or saving files. Reboot may be required after installing the update for the fix to take effect
  • Fixed the saved/unsaved status indicator (asterisk) in the results list - now it correctly marks the stacks that have not been saved yet, or have been edited after saving
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed a rare render issue
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • New feature: the resulting image can be shared on Facebook
  • A few minor user interface improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Retouching: fixed a crash when trying to use another output as source
  • Retouching: fixed an error that was preventing you from retouching pixels that are entirely on the source image
  • Panorama stitching crash fixed
  • Focus stacking progress indicator fixed
  • Another rare crash fixed
  • Added support for dropping folders (including arbitrary number of subfolders) the same ways you drop files
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed the memory consumption issue that appeared in
  • Fixed the image loading error when changing the RAW codec while an image preview was loading
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Many minor stability fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Many minor stability fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed bug with DNG in batch mode
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Improved export layers functionality
  • Added Texture only option for retouching brushes
  • Many minor stability fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • RAW-in-DNG-out mode, which allows to process RAW files in native color space and save result as DNG file
  • Many stability and performance fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Bug with saving TIFFs is fixed
  • New method of autosplitting panorama and HDR stacks
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • New Enqueue stacks window for processing of multiple folders
  • Splitting stacks by number, time interval and exposure
  • RAW development with native Mac OS X codecs
  • Retouching using other output images
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed bug with saving TIFF files
  • Fixed DPI info in output bug
  • Fixed Lightroom plugin bug
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Raw development settings
  • WIC support for RAW files (Windows only)
  • Command line mode fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Better performance and scalability
  • Simpler and faster interface
  • Asynchronous stacking
  • Ability to save projects and continue retouching later
  • Better RAW handling
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Image alignment procedure updated
  • Integration with Helicon Remote improved
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Fixed bug with AMD Phenom processors
  • Updated image alignment procedure
  • Minor interface improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Image alignment routine optimized
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Added support of WIC codecs for RAW files
  • Helicon Remote moved to separate installation
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Premium) () 
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote : experimental support for Nikon D
  • Helicon Remote : support for long exposures (BULB mode)
  • Helicon Remote : calculation of DOF/hyperfocal distance is fixed (was wrong with some cameras previously)
  • Helicon Remote : other minor bugfixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote : Experimental support for video recording (with live view) on Nikon D / D / D / D4, Canon 1d Mk IV / 5D Mk II / 5D Mk III / 7D / 60D / D / D / D / D
  • Helicon Remote : Shooting without live view is now possible on any camera if the preference "Disable live view during shooting" is set and the lens is in manual focusing mode. All Nikon cameras can save pictures to memory card in this mode
  • Helicon Remote : Hyperfocal distance calculator added
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Improved open and save dialogs
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote : fixed bugs with Canon 5D MkIII and Nikon D cameras
  • Helicon Remote : fixed bugs with focusing in portrait mode
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Fixed error when saving to TIFF file
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • New stacking method added. Method C (pyramid) handles long stack and intersecting objects well
  • Alignment algorithms improved
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Added support for Nikon D/D4
  • Storing images to camera is now supported for Nikon D, D, D3s, D3x, D, D4
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Fixed bugs on Vista 32 bit
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Improved error handling for some Canon cameras
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed some bugs with Canon D
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed bugs with download of images on Canon camera
  • Helicon Remote: Overall stability improvements
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Possibility to add multiple stacks from the same folder added
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Direct PTP camera access implemented which allows to support newest cameras
  • Helicon Remote: Many interface enhancements such as focusing progress
  • Helicon Remote: Possibility to define size of >,>> and >>> steps
  • Helicon Remote: Control over acceleration and torque for Trinamic steppers
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Minor interface updates
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Updated Nikon SDK to support D
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Minor interface and stability fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Fixed problems with image scrolling in some cases
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Fixed Vista32 specific bugs
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed bug with AutoFocus for Nikon cameras
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Much improved performance (twice as fast on most images)
  • Added ability to save project to continue retouching after program restart
  • Much improved retouching with live brush preview and fast source image selection
  • Dark color scheme added and is used by default
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: Added support for Canon EOS D and EOS D
  • Helicon Remote: Stability fixes and minor inteface changes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: fixes for Canon T1i/D, Canon 60D
  • Helicon Remote: StackShot rails can be used now without camera
  • Helicon Remote: step size for stepper devices can be set in millimeters, inches and degrees
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()  
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Focus: new control to automatically downsize images
  • Helicon Remote: new design for focus bracketing panel
  • Helicon Remote: auto mode for focus bracketing
  • Helicon Remote: many stability imrovements
  • Helicon Remote: fixed for Nikon D, D, D3
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote v.
  • Helicon Remote: full manual mode for exposure bracketing
  • Helicon Remote: fixes for Nikon D, D, D3, D3s, D
  • Helicon Remote: improvement in interface and minor bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote: a few more fixes for Nikon D
  • Helicon Focus: minor interface fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote updated, bugs Nikon D and D3s fixed
  • Minor interface changes to Helicon Focus
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote beta with support of Stack Shot and stepper motors added
  • Minor changes in Helicon Focus interface
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()  
  • Shortcuts to select source image for retouching added
  • Added workaround for bugs in Vista 32bit
  • Updated RAW converters
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Stability improved
  • Some interface bugs fixed

Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()

Helicon Focus:

  • Fixed crash in single window mode
  • Fixed bug when choosing new scale

Helicon Remote:

  • Fixed bug with focusing in MLU mode

Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()

Helicon Focus:

  • Improved memory management
  • Updated RAW libraries

Helicon Remote:

  • Added support for Canon D
  • Fixed bug with refocusing on Canon 7D
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Fixed bugs with scale tab
  • Improved file sorting
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed bugs with Canon 7D and D
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed error under Vista
  • Helicon Remote: Fixed bug with RAW shooting
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • RAW libraries updated
  • Minor bugs with method A and 3D Viewer fixed
  • Helicon Remote: Time lapse shooting added
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Helicon Remote: Added keyboard shortcuts
  • Helicon Remote: Added support for Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 7D, EOS Kiss X3/EOS REBEL T1i /EOS D, Nikon D
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) () 
  • Export of semitransparent layers is now possible in Pro and X64 versions
  • Image browser window updated to work correctly with large number of images
  • Export plug-in for Adobe Lightroom is now available to impove workflow
  • Helicon Remote, utility for automated focus, exposure bracketing and remote shooting included into installation
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()  
  • Brightness adjustment redesigned and enabled by default
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) ()  
  • Show map option added on the retouching to make it more efficient
  • Depth map feathering added allowing more control on merging source images
  • Depth map can be saved now as full resolution image
  • RAW libraries updated
  • A problem with false positive virus warning solved
  • The bug with 16 bit images fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) Beta1 () 
  • Advanced interpolation methods added (Laczos, Sinc)
  • New server architecture implemented (x64 version only) to access more memory on 32 and 64 bit systems
  • RAW libraries updated
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor) () Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor) () 
  • 3D model can be exported into widely supported Wavefront OBJ format
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor) (beta) () 
  • Helicon 3D Viewer added enabling 3D visualization of the stack
  • Improved algorithm of image alignment in difficult cases
  • Fixed bug with brighness adjustment
  • RAW libraries updated
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • New RAW converter (Adobe DNG Converter) added
  • RAW libraries for embedded converter updated
  • A bug with micropanorama solved
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • Memory management optimized for big images
  • Bugs with Dust map fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • 3rd party dlls were updated. Some antivirus programs gave false virus alarm with the current components
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • Bug with retouching 16 bit images fixed
  • Minor design changes made
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • New stacking method added
  • Memory and speed optimization performed especially for multiprocessor computers
  • RAW libraries updated
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)
  • Panorama function added (available in Pro and MP versions)
  • Better support for big (60Mp+) images
  • Minor changes in interface and bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor) ()
  • Better support for big (30Mp+) images
  • Support for 3Gb of RAM instead of standard 2Gb limit
    (/3GB flag should be set in shoppingdowntown.us, details here)
  • Minor changes in interface and bug fixes
Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor) (, English version only) 
  • Undo feature for retouching brushes
  • RAW libraries updated
  • Bug with 16 bit images on retouching tab fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor) ()
  • DCRAW, alternative RAW converter added
  • Better support for high resolution (30+Mp) images
  • Design updated to increase readability
  • RAW libraries updated
  • Bug on exit fixed
Helicon Focus (Lite,
Pro, Multiprocessor)   ()

1. Batch processing is now available to Pro and MP users
2. Web-based animations of the source image stack can be created
3. Design updated
4. RAW libraries updated

Helicon Focus (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)   () 
  • 1. Error with Help window was fixed
  • 2. Multiprocessor support is now available. Current Pro users can upgrade to Multiprocessor version for free. Send a request to our support (support@shoppingdowntown.us)
  • 3. German, French, Spanish, Italian languages are now supported for interface and help files
  • 4. Ability to call Helicon Filter to enhance resulting image added
  • 5. Text functions updated. Multi-line text is now available
  • 6. "Select every second/third image" commands added to speed up processing of very long stacks
  • 7. Design slightly changed
Helicon Focus (Lite and Pro)   () 
  • 1. Retouching functions added to Pro version, replacing Opacity map feature
  • 2. Scale bar and text can  now be added to the resulting image
  • 3. Speed of the processing is much improved
  • 4. RAW libraries updated to support Canon 30D, Fuji S3 Pro, Pentax *istDL, Sony R1 cameras
  • 5. Automatic online registration added

Helicon Focus (Lite and Pro)   ()

Version for Windows

  • Only RAW libararies were updated

Helicon Focus (Lite and Pro)   ()


  • Enhanced performance (x compared to version)
  • Pro version with editable opacity maps


  • Automatic adjustment and resize of adjacent images
  • "Dust map" feature
  • Support for RAW files and  16bit TIFFs
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I’ve been fighting the limitations of a camera to cover focus a good number of years. Recently there has been an awareness of digital photography's ability to combine multiple images and extend the limitations of image capture. While multiple exposures extend dynamic range (HDR), recently released software allows multiple exposures to emulate scanning light photomacrography.

Historically, several techniques have been used to increase depth of field (DOF). The simplest was to stop the aperture down. It also increased diffraction, though, and had limits, which couldn’t fully encompass the range needed for most macro photographs.

I’ve looked at other techniques over the years to deal with this challenge. View cameras don’t generally come to mind when thinking of macro photography, but they do allow for use of the Scheimpflug principle. This rule, developed by Theodor Scheimpflug, defines the orientation of the focus plane in a view camera, or small and medium format cameras, with tilt focus lenses. The lens plane is moved to a point that is not parallel to the image plane. This has the effect of re-orientating the focus plane to coincide with the direction of the desired area of the subject. This gives the appearance of greater depth of field. Since this is a reorientation of DOF rather an actual increase, application of the Scheimpflug principle works best when one is trying to increase DOF along a single axis. Unfortunately this is not the case in most photomacrographic situations.

My favorite solution is scanning light photomacrography. This technique passes the subject through a sheet of light that is thinner than the DOF of the camera. The camera is focused so that it only sees the area of the subject being illuminated. The result is a set of seamless contiguous exposures that build a sharply focused image of the entire subject. It is this digital analog (no pun intended) of scanning light photomacrography that I would like to explore.

Currently the two most often used software applications for this purpose are Photoshop CS4™ and Helicon Focus™. Photoshop can be used to blend layers with different points of focus to give the appearance of increased depth of focus. Helicon focus has taken this concept of blending multiple images together, to create extended depth focus to its logical conclusion.

One begins by taking a series of photographs in which the point of focus is moved in every shot (Figure 1). The software then auto-aligns and seamlessly blends the “stack of images,” after first analyzing the images in the layer stack and determining the sharpest area on each layer (Figure 2). It then auto-masks them to create an overall sharp image (Figure 3). The user interface is very intuitive and allows for retouching of the final rendered image from the individual source files (Figure 4). This allows the user override any choice made by the software.

Helicon Focus can also be used to achieve panorama blends, but I’d like to concentrate on the extended focus aspects of the program.

Working with the program in a macro mode, I found that a geared focusing rail was extremely helpful. Helicon Focus does best when there is an overlap of the focused areas in the sequence. My first efforts were disappointing, but I soon learned that more is better. I found that typically shooting a dozen or so source files per rendered image was enough to give me about a 25% overlap of the focused areas. The use of strobe illumination also helped. Helicon Focus needs to see contrast to judge the areas it will mask. Any softness due to motion in the subject defeats its ability to do this. Once one gets used to workflow, the software is fun to use. I found myself watching the rendered file appear with the same anticipation I used to feel when I watched a print come up in a tray of developer.

There are a number of different parameters that can be adjusted to control the rendering. Once the image is rendered, it’s possible to enter a retouching mode. Cloning from the original image to the rendered image can correct a multitude of sins. When finished, the image can be saved in a number of formats.

I found Helicon Focus to be a stable and wonderful addition to any biomedical photographer’s tool chest. A fully functional trial version is available for download from shoppingdowntown.us There are several options for registering different packages, ranging from $30 to $

Gabriel Unda’s career included many years as Principal Photographer at the University of California at Davis In this role he guided the shift at that institution to digital photography. Although retired, he continues to explore the bleeding edges of digital photography. He has been speaking on the topic of the marriage of computers and photography for the past twenty-six years. ggunda@shoppingdowntown.us


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1 - Menu bar

2 - Toolbar

3 - Workspace tabs

4 - Source images

5 - Render parameters

6 - Output images

7 - Zoom controls

8 - Current source image

(can be top or left)

9 - Current output image

(bottom or right)

Source Files

Opening Source Files

There are several ways to open source files:

  • drag the images onto the main screen
  • press the Open images button on the program toolbar
  • use the main menu option: File → Open images
  • right-click on the Source images list and choose the Open images option
  • press the Open images button right below the Source files list
  • use the Ctrl+O shortcut

Now the Source images list shows which files will be processed (stacked) once you press the renderRender button. The list of source images will be updated each time you choose another output image, showing the files that were used to render this result.

The Source images list has a context menu that can be called by right-clicking on any of the images on the list or by pressing the menu button. This menu gives you several options:

  • Image information - shows histogram of the current image, its file and EXIF information
  • Open images - allows to open other source images. Please be aware that it will start a new source image list and the current one will be cleared
  • Remove image - removes the current image
  • Remove all images - clears the current image list
  • Check all, Check every second, Check every third - selects the files to be processed. Checking every second/third option might be quite useful if you have a very long stack with DOF overlapping a lot. If this is the case and you see that you don't need that many images for a proper result, cut down the rendering time by choosing one of these options
  • Uncheck all - unchecks all the files on the list
  • Sort ascending, Sort descending, Sort automatically - sets sorting order for the source files list. Sort automatically option enables the program to analyse the stack and automatically reverse the order of images if needed, allowing to avoid banding artifacts along the image edges
  • No thumbnails, Small thumbnails, Large thumbnails - allows to adjust the appearance of the list.

Removing Source Files

To remove one or more files from the Source images list, select one or multiple images holding down the Ctrl key. Then right-click on one of the highlighted files to call the context menu and choose the Remove image option. You can also click the Remove image button right below the Source images list or just press Del.

Please note that removing images from the list doesn't delete the files from the disk.

Rendering Methods

You can choose between three focus stacking algorithms: methods A, B, and C.

Here's a brief explanation of each method and its most typical applications:

  • Method A computes the weight for each pixel based on its contrast and then forms the weighted average of all pixels from all source images. This method works better for short stacks and preserves contrast and color.
  • Method B selects the source image containing the sharpest pixel and uses this information to form the "depth map". This method imposes strict requirements on the order of images - it should always be consecutive. Perfectly renders textures on smooth surfaces.
  • Method C uses pyramid approach to image processing dividing image signals into high and low frequencies. Gives good results in complex cases (intersecting objects, deep stacks), though increases contrast and glare.

Although it's your personal experience that will be your guide in choosing the right rendering method, we will give you some practical tips in the table below.

Although method C can cope with some stacks shot in non-consecutive order, we still strongly recommend to shoot images in correct order, i.e. either from fore- to background or vice versa. Right shooting order is one of the preconditions for good focus stacking results.

Selection of the most suitable method depends on the complexity of the stack, the number and the order of images and other factors. So there can't be any strict rule as for the optimal choice, and we do recommend you to try all of them.



The Radius parameter is one of the two main controls to be adjusted, it is only available in A and B methods.

When performing focus stacking the program analyses each pixel of the source image in order to define if it is in focus. Then the detected focused areas from the whole stack are combined into one output image. Radius is the control that sets the size of the analysed area around each pixel.

We recommend you to try setting different values. Start with the default value and then set it to the minimum to see what happens. Then, gradually increase the value to remove noise, unwanted artifacts, or halos along the edges. If your image has fine details and thin lines - which is true for most images - a low radius of about will likely produce the best results, even though this may cause more noise or halo effects.

In order to get some more practical understanding of this parameter, let's consider two most typical cases.

The first one is the image with fine intersecting details (close-ups of insects, fur, bristles etc.). Here the smaller the value of the Radius is, the sharper the intersecting details are. On the other hand, you should keep in mind that there might also be artifacts on smooth, solid-color surfaces, so you need to find a balance.

Here are two stacking results rendered at a different radius, both by B method.


Method B, Radius = 1Method B, Radius = 22

Another quite typical example will show the advantages of higher Radius values - minimizing halo or other artifacts along the object edges. As you can see from the photos below, increasing radius allows to almost eliminate the halo effect. Excessive increase of the Radius value will affect details.

Method B, Radius = 2Method B, Radius = 22

Experiment with your stacks, compare results to will find the balance.


Smoothing is the second of the two main focus stacking parameters. When analysing the stack, the program detects the most sharply focused areas of source images to combine into one output image.

For methods A and C smoothing determines how these sharp areas will be combined. Low smoothing produces a sharper image, but the transition areas may have some artifacts. Setting a high smoothing value will result in a slightly blurry image, though without any visible transition areas.

For method B this value determines how depth map will be smoothed out.

Note: if when readjusting the controls you want to get back to default settings, right-click on the slider of the parameter you want to reset. This works for all controls in Helicon Focus.

Outputs List

Once you press the Render button the stack processing starts. All resulting images and processing progress bars will appear in the Outputs window at the bottom of the screen. Here you will find all the results produced during this working session. Select the output, and the source images that were used to render this result will be displayed in the Source images list. The Outputs window also contains brief info on the stacking parameters: method - radius - smoothing.


retouching tab

In some cases you will need to do some retouching of the output image. On the Retouching tab we have three main brushes - Copy from source, Clone and Erase. You can choose the brush in the right part of the tab.

Copy from source

Both images will appear to you perfectly synchronized, even when zooming in or out. The output image will be displayed on the right.

If you already tried to shoot a nice stack yourself, you know that it can be quite challenging due to a range of external factors affecting the shooting process. So sometimes you will have blurring, banding, halo or other artifacts. Many of them can be fixed with the Copy from source brush. The idea of this tool is that it will allow to replace artifacts on the output image by copying the same area from the relevant source image.

On the left - one of the source images, on the right - the output image right after rendering (the antennae were moving during shooting, so the program displayed antennae from all the source images on the resulting one).

In order to copy the area from the source image to the output one, choose the Copy from source brush, pick the image in the Source image list, i.e. select the image where the are to be retouched looks better than on the other ones. Then adjust the brush parameters and hold down the left mouse button to paint.

On the left - one of the source images to copy from, on the right - the output image with Copy from source brush applied.

You can choose the source image you need manually, by going over the list in the Source image window. But there's also another option, which is especially relevant for long stacks. Position the brush on any part of the output image and you will see the name of the file it was taken from. Press F9 key and this source image will be immediately loaded to the left window. Use Page Up and Page Down keys to navigate through the source image list.

Each rendering method has its advantages and works better for different parts of the image. Sometimes in order to get perfect result you need to combine parts of the output images rendered by different methods and rendering parameters. To do this, press the Use another output as a source button below the Source images list to choose one of the output images that will serve as a source one. This feature is only available in Pro version.

Brush Parameters

There are four main brush parameters:

Brush size - sets the diameter of the copied area. Minimize it for more fine and precise strokes.

Brush hardness - sets the hardness/softness of the brush edges. With high values the brush stroke will have sharper edges, with lower ones the copied element will blend better into the target image.

Color tolerance - makes the brush "smart". When set to % it will allow to copy all (%) pixels in the painted area, while setting to lower values will make the brush pick pixels to be copied by their color - only those pixels will be copied that have color similar to the central pixel of the brush spot. For instance, this option becomes truly useful when it comes to dealing with fine details or complex outlines that you need to leave as is while copying the background.

This simple example will show you how it works:

Color tolerance set to low value - the brush is applied only to yellow background, leaving pencils in the foreground intact.

NB: Brightness was set to a high value just to make it more demonstrative.

Color tolerance set to maximum - brush is applied to all pixels within the copied area.

Brightness - makes copied pixels either brighter or darker to match the brightness of the output image.

Check the Show source map option to highlight the part of the current source image that was used in the output one.

For more convenience of precise and fine retouching of % scale high-resolution image, use the Grid feature. The Ctrl+G shortcut will show/hide the grid that will serve as a reference helping you navigate within the zoomed image.

Show depth map option allows to display the depth map of the output image during retouching.


The second brush type allows to clone fragments within the output image. Choose the Clone brush and one of the options: Clone area or Paint with pattern.

With Clone area brush the source and the target cloning areas are moving in parallel, while the Paint with pattern picks the source spot and allows to clone it to any target area.

The example below show the difference between the Clone brush types.

The first is the Clone area brush with default brush parameters. As you can see, the parallel movement of the source and the target areas enables to actually clone any element within the output image.

Image: Asian Lily ©Walt Polley

Next brush type is Paint with pattern. This one allows to choose the pattern on the output image and to paint the target area.

Image: Asian Lily ©Walt Polley

The Texture only option allows not to copy the part of the image completely, but to clone just its texture leaving the background color intact.

You can also visit our Video tutorials page to see these brushes in action.


In order to cancel the unwanted changes, use Undo buttons to undo a point, a stroke or a brush. But sometimes it is more convenient to use the Eraser. Adjust the brush settings just as you did with other retouching brushes and go over the parts of the image that you want to be back to initial state.


Retouching in several sessions

If you want to close the program and continue retouching the image later, you can save the project file and get back to it some other time. This saving option will keep all the changes that were made to the source images and the output one, including all the adjustments and retouching history, so that you can even undo the changes during the next retouching session.

To use this option go to the main menu\File\Save project file Choose the folder, and all the necessary info will be saved to the *.hproj file.

To continue working with this project go to the main menu\File\Load project file


text tab

On the Text/Scale tab you can add a scale bar and one or several lines of text to your image.

Adding Text

Check the Text box to add or remove text from the image. Once it is checked, you can type the text that you want to be written on the image in the Text window.

The Insert special menu allows to insert special symbols (© and µ) and image metadata, such as date, time, aperture, ISO, etc.

The font can be selected from the Font list.

decrincr buttons change the font size; bolditalicunderline buttons change the text style; the color picker allows to set the font color.

The drop down box below allows to choose the text effects: highlighted, shadowed, embossed paper or no effect.

Use leftright buttons to align the text.

The Transparency sets the opacity of the text.

To add one or several more lines of text, click on the Add button.

To delete all text from the image, click the Delete all button.

To edit existing text, first click on it (selection will be marked with a green rectangle) and then edit its contents or properties.

Adding Scale Bar

Adding a Scale bar will be helpful when it's difficult to understand the dimensions of the object on the image without any reference.

To add a scale bar to your image, check the Scale check box.

To select the appearance of the scale bar, click on the Select Scale button and choose one of the offered images.

You can also add your own scale bar type by clicking on add in the Select Scale window and locating the image to be opened. The scale bars are typically black and white. To invert colors, check the Invert colors check box.

The Scale width shows scale size against the image width. This value can be used to calibrate the scale using objects of known size.

Typically, the scale calibration process will look like this:

1. Shoot a stack of an object of known size. It can be a stack consisting of at least two images. For example, a regular school ruler can be taken as a reference object.

2. Render this short stack, go to Text/Scale tab, check the Scale check box, choose the scale bar type and stretch it to match the known dimension. This will define the correspondence of real life dimensions to the Scale bar width in %.

3. Resize the scale bar proportionally, depending on what scale bar length you need for the further reference.

Now you can add this scale to other images to provide some reference.

Of course, this workflow is only applicable for images made in identical shooting conditions (the same lens, focus, camera position).


saving tab

On the "Saving" tab you can save or export the resulting image.

SaveAllows to save the resulting image in JPEG, TIFF or DNG format. The default name of the file is formed automatically.
Export 3D ModelCreates a 3D model and opens it in Helicon 3D Viewer; here you can adjust the model and save it in a variety of formats.
Create AnimationCreates an HTML page with JavaScript animation of the stacking process.
Save Depth MapSaves depth map as a grayscale image. This image can be used for relief measurements or for 3D modelling.
Export LayersSaves aligned layers as semitransparent PNG files. The transparency is set in a way for the layers to produce the output image if opened in Photoshop.
Copy Result to ClipboardAllows to copy the resulting image to clipboard.
Publish to WebAutomatically converts, resizes for the web and uploads your image to Helicon Soft secure server with just one click. You will also get a unique URL that you can immediately send to anybody to share your image.
Share on FacebookResize the image if needed, add a description and post directly to your Facebook page.
Save Project fileSave the image in the current state to be able to continue retouching and working with it later.

Please note that the micro panorama function is only available in Pro version. 

The micro panorama function is designed to stitch images made through a microscope. It may fail to stitch images that were made by camera rotation on the tripod.

The program aligns images based on the Panorama autoadjustment settings (main menu\Edit\Preferences\Autoadjustments). The program only shifts images to align them, no magnification or rotation is applied.

Micro Panorama Parameters

The Rows control sets the number of rows in your panorama.

The Columns control sets the number of columns in your panorama.

The Overlapping of rows sets the overlapping value of adjacent rows. Move the slider until you see the pattern on the images merge.

The Overlapping of columns determines how adjacent columns overlap. The images can also be moved manually, dragged with a mouse, which sometimes allows for more precise alignment of images.

The Seem smoothing sets the width of seams with gradient transparency.

Check the Crop margins box to crop the resulting panorama in a way to remove the blank spaces formed after shifting of its elements.

With Shooting order parameter you set the order in which the images of panorama were shot. There are two ways to shoot panorama: each row from left to right, or odd rows (1,3,5,) from left to right and even rows (2,4,6,) in the reverse direction. And in any case rows should be shot in consecutive order, i.e. the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd etc.

The Reset positions button allows to restore the original position of images after you dragged them with mouse.

The Reset will restore the default values of panorama settings.

Shooting Micro Panorama

  • Set your digital camera to manual exposure mode (shutter speed, aperture, ISO). Otherwise images may have different brightness.
  • Position the subject to shoot the upper left part of it.
  • Take a shot. Use the remote control (if available) to minimize camera shaking.
  • Move the subject to the left so that adjacent shots overlap by %.
  • Take a shot.
  • Move the specimen laterally, then up to start the next row.
  • Take shots until you cover the entire subject.

To open the Preferences dialogue, go to the main menu\Edit\Preferences.


Mouse dragging speed - sets correlation between movement of the mouse and shifting of the image. It makes navigation in the main window faster, especially when working with zoomed images.

Magnifying glass size - defines the size of the virtual magnifying glass that appears if you left-click on the image.

Monitor profile is used to display images on the monitor. Your monitor has its own color profile that was saved to the system folder during monitor installation. Helicon Focus will pull up the relevant default monitor color profile, but you can set an alternate one if you wish.

Show intermediary results during calculation - enables screen updating during processing. Please note that it will add another 30% to total processing time!

Automatically check for program updates - if enabled, the program will check for updates by connecting to Helicon Soft server each time when started.

Show legacy B method - method B in Helicon Focus 7 has been significantly changed. The legacy method B (i.e. the one used in earlier versions) is hidden by default, but checking this option in Preferences will make it available. Legacy method B allows for much faster processing, however it produces more artifacts on uniform background, especially if images of the stack have different brightness levels.

DPI in the output image - sets how much DPI you want to have in the output image.

Save file name template - sets the file naming pattern. You can add additional parameters from the dropdown menu.

Do not save EXIF metadata - remove the metadata of the output image.

Use default jpeg quality - if checked, the program will always save jpeg's at default quality, without asking confirmation each time before saving.


Focus Stacking Autoadjustments

Even if you shoot a stack from a tripod and the subject is completely still, the images in the stack will not be perfectly aligned. It means that even with good shooting conditions, the subject will slightly change its size and position on the image every time the focus is shifted. So during focus stacking the program has to somewhat scale and sometimes rotate and shift images in order to align. This group of controls allows to fine-tune the alignment properties if needed.

Adjust vertically - sets maximum vertical shift between two consecutive images of the stack in % of their width or length, whichever is greater.

Adjust horizontally - defines maximum horizontal shift between two consecutive images in % of their width or length, whichever is greater.

Rotate - defines maximum angle between two consecutive images in degrees. Usually not needed for microscope and tripod shots.

Scale -  defines maximum difference in subject size between two consecutive images in % of their width or length, whichever is greater.

Autoadjustments interpolation - allows to choose the interpolation principle. Slow methods preserve details better, though it is hardly noticeable.

Adjust brightness - defines whether brightness of consecutive images should be equalized.

Manual focus detection area adjustment - shows a blue rectangle of selection area and allows the user to adjust the area of alignment of frames in the stack. This option may be useful, for instance, if the frames have been shot through a microscope and black edges on images do not allow to align the stack correctly.

Crop result image automatically - the program may be lacking data at the image edges for alignment of the frames in the stack. Normally it results in stripes on the resulting image and other artifacts. This option allows to crop the areas lacking data automatically.

Show user crop rect - shows a dottedborder rectangle allowing the user to select cropping area for the entire stack.

Panorama Autoadjustments

Group of settings related to processing of the panorama stack.

Adjust vertically - defines maximum vertical shift between two consecutive images in % of their width.

Adjust horizontally - defines maximum horizontal shift between two consecutive images in % of their width.

Depth map feathering - the degree of smoothing of the depth map used in method B.


Disk cache folder indicates the path to the folder used for storage of temporary files (TIFFs from loaded Raw files, the retouched image). The cache is cleared when the program quits; if it fails to clear cache on exit, it will try to do it during the next startup.

Memory cache limit - sets the share of RAM that the program can use for storage of the most recently used images. Normally it would increase the speed of repeat processing significantly.

Parallel image loading - enables upload of images in multiple streams. Speeds up processing of jpegs and Raw files on SSDs, but may slow down processing if applied on other types of drives and/or with TIFFs.

Use OpenCL hardware acceleration - Helicon Focus (Pro version) can use performance capabilities of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to speed up calculations. You can select the device from the drop-down list, restart Helicon Focus and compare the performance results with Run Benchmark feature. We recommend 4GB graphics processing units for megapixels image processing. If your device has not been detected or is unstable, we recommend to update your GPU drivers. You can compare the performance results of different hardware on the Performance Benchmarks page.

Fail safe mode -

Run benchmark - starts processing of frames by method B. Test result can then be compared to the results of other users (by clicking the 'Compare' button in the results window). This can be useful for evaluating your current hadrware and/or choosing new one.

Integration tab

The path to Helicon Focus plug-in for Lightroom is given on the Integration tab of the Preferences menu.

You may need it if you have several versions of Lightroom installed on your computer or you have problems with running HF module. If so, please make sure that the plug-in was installed to the right Lightroom folder.

You will need to install or updateAdobe DNG Converter for processing of Raw files.

Processing of Raw files

With Helicon Focus you can process Raw files opening them directly in the program or importing from Photoshop Lightroom.

With Helicon Focus Lite license you can open Raw files and save the output to .jpg or .tif.

Helicon Focus Pro license enables Raw-in-DNG-out mode - here you can find a comparison chart demonstrating the difference between standard Raw processing workflow and Raw-in-DNG-out mode.

With Helicon Focus Pro you will have this mode enabled automatically - you will be able to open Raw files, process the stack and save the output to .dng.

Once you open Raw files in Helicon Focus, you will see the Raw development settings button appear beneath the Source images window in the right part of the screen.

If for one reason or another, you do not see .dng among file type options on the Saving tab, please

a. make sure you have the latest version of Adobe DNG Converter installed

b. set the path to DNG Converter on the Integration tab

c. select Raw-in-DNG-out loader codec in the Raw development settings beneath the Source image list.

If you export Raw files from Photoshop Lightroom for further processing in Helicon Focus and saving to .dng, please watch the Helicon Focus - Raw-in-DNG-out mode video.

Raw development settings

Helicon Focus allows for processing of a variety of file formats, including development of Raw files. Once you open the Raw source image, additional settings menu will appear beneath the Source image list. It enables more precise adjustment of rendering parameters.


There are six main controls here:

Codec: DCRaw is used by default, but there's also an option to choose the codec yourself. To do so, go for Install WIC codecs (Windows only). If you would like to be able to save to .dng (Helicon Focus Pro only feature), please select Raw-in-DNG-out loader.

White balance: choose if you prefer Helicon Focus to set the white balance automatically or to use the white balance settings as set when shooting.

Highlights: choose the highlight recovery mode - Clip (clips highlights to increase contrast), Unclip (leaves highlights unclipped, may give a pink hue), Blend (blends clipped and unclipped values), Rebuild (reconstructs overexposed areas from the adjacent properly exposed ones).

Interpolation: choose the demosaicing algorithm - Linear (basic, but fast), VNG (Variable Number of Gradients), PPG (Patterned Pixel Grouping), AHD (Adaptive Homogeneity-Directed), DCB.

Color profile: choose the color space that determines the range of colors, tones, brightness of the image - Raw, sRGB (the smallest range of colors and tones, but the most commonly used), Adobe (wider color range, though not supported by some browsers and requiring special software to reproduce the colors correctly), ProPhoto (the widest range of colors, bit processing recommended).

Noise threshold: the higher the noise threshold value is, the more noise is removed, though the more details might be lost. Normally optimal values lie between and

Batch process and Split stacks

This feature allows to optimize and speed up multiple stack processing. All Helicon Focus licenses allow adding several stacks one by one, loading each of them to the source image list and setting rendering parameters for each stack. Batch process mode makes it easier allowing to load a bunch of stacks at a time, to adjust parameters for each one or for all of them for further rendering.

If you have several stacks in one folder, it is usually time-consuming to sort the whole pile of images into separate stacks. And sometimes it may even be quite problematic to make it, especially if you were shooting the same subject several times with slight difference in settings. Helicon Focus can split images into stacks automatically, please find the detailed instructions below.

Batch process:

1. Open Batch process window: Helicon Focus main menu\File\Batch process, or F7 for Win.

2. Add images, folder or several folders.

3. Set rendering parameters - method, radius, smoothing.

4. Adjust Autosave settings - choose the output image format, quality and target folder.

5. Press Render button to start processing.

The dropdown list at the end of each table line will open a small pop-up menu, allowing to Remove the stack (just from the list, not from the disk), to Apply current rendering parameters to all other stacks and to Split stacks.


Split stacks:

1. Open Batch process window: main menu/File/Batch process, or F7 for Win.

2. Add the folder to be split.

3. Choose Split stack in the dropdown menu.

4. Adjust the parameters - choose if you want stacks to be split by number of images, by minimum time interval between shots, by exposure or by focus. Please find more detail below.

The last line will give you the summary of how many stacks you'll get with these splitting parameters.

5. Press the Split button.

6. Proceed as with other enqueued stacks.

Split by image count - will be useful if you have several stacks of equal number of images.

Split by time - will be helpful if you do not know the exact number of images in stacks, but know the minimum time interval between shooting sessions.

Split by exposure - this splitting method is used for a specific shooting mode. If you were shooting stacks using Helicon Remote which allows exposure bracketing, go for Split by exposure and it will make all the sorting for you.

Split by focus - splitting method for HDR mode, where several shots are being made for each focus position.

No matter which method you choose, the images will be split into stacks only virtually for further processing in Helicon Focus, no actual folders with stacks will be created on the disk.

Folder monitor

Helicon Focus can monitor the specified folder and process the stack automatically once all the images of the stack are uploaded.

To use the Folder monitor option, go to main menu-File-Folder monitor, or use a shortcut: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+M.

File types to process - 'JPEG/TIFF then Raw' means that if you have been shooting JPEG+Raw, the program will form two separate stacks.

Time between shots to split into stacks - sets the time interval for the program to determine the end of one stack and the beginning of the other one.

Processing existing files - if not checked, only the files added after launching the folder monitoring will be processed.

Copy files before processing - allows to copy files and to split them into separate folders before processing. This will allow preventing the folder with new files from overfilling.

Autosave results - the output can be saved to a specific folder and in a chosen format.

Once the Folder monitor is launched, you can see it running in the right part of the toolbar.

Dust map

If there are dust particles on the camera sensor or in the optical system of the microscope, it will result in black dots on every image you shoot. Even if usually it does not bother you too much, when it comes to focus stacking of such images, these spots will turn into dark traces on the output image. Helicon Focus has a solution for such stacks - the Dust map function. Basically, you need to provide the program with a sort of a "map" of all dust particles that will be applied to the whole stack in order to eliminate these dust imprints. This function works also for hot pixels.

Below is % crop of the sample image provided by Phil McCollum demonstrating how the output image looks like with and without a dust map:

Dust map function is OFF. Move the cursor over the image to see how the dust map function works.

To use the Dust map feature, please follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a dust map: when shooting your images, make one unfocused (!) shot of a white surface, so that dust on the sensor can be easily identified.
  2. Launch Helicon Focus, add stack of images.
  3. Go to main menu\File\ Set dust map Once added, the name of the dust map file will be mentioned beneath the Source images list.
  4. Start rendering.

Please note that dust map should have the same dimensions as all the other images in the stack.

Here is an example of the dust map (provided by Phil McCollum):

In order to remove the dust map, go to the main menu\File\Remove dust map, or press the menu button next to the dust map file name.

Command line mode

Helicon Focus can be called from other programs using command line parameters.

Command line parameterDescription
-silent .Starts Helicon Focus without interface, with progress bar only
-save:full_shoppingdowntown.usSaves result to the full_shoppingdowntown.us If omitted, result is saved to Focused subfolder
-j:jpeg_qualitySets JPEG quality ()
-dmapSaves depth map image
-noresultDo not save resulting image
-3dSaves 3D model in Helicon 3D Viewer file format
-noprogressDo not show rendering progress bar
-i full_shoppingdowntown.usfull_shoppingdowntown.us points to text file with input file names separated with a new line
-o full_shoppingdowntown.usfull_shoppingdowntown.us points to text file to store list of saved outputs
-preferred-output-path folder_namefolder_name - folder to be opened by default when saving outputs from Helicon Focus
-tif:xspecifies TIFF compression option: lzw or u for LZW compression or no compression, respectively. If this option is omitted, LZW compression is selected. Example: -tif:u
-mp:xSets Method (0=method A, 1=method B, 2=method C)
-rp:xxxSets Radius
-sp:xxx Sets Smoothing
-va:xxx Sets Vertical shift adjustment
-ha:xxxSets Horizontal shift adjustment
-ra:xxxSets Rotation adjustment
-ma:xxxSets Magnification adjustment
-ba:xxxSets Brightness adjustment
-im:xSets Interpolation method (1=Bilinear,)
-dmf:xxSets Depth map feathering


shoppingdowntown.us -silent "c:\my images\set20"Process all images in "c:\my images\set20" folder with default parameters
"C:\Program Files\Helicon Focus\shoppingdowntown.us" -silentProcess all images in the current folder and save result to "Focused" subfolder
shoppingdowntown.us -silent "c:\my images\set20" -rp:6 -sp:7 -mp:1Process images with Radius set to 6 and Smoothing set to 7
shoppingdowntown.us -silent "c:\my images\set20" -save:c:\shoppingdowntown.us Process images in "c:\my images\set20" folder and save as tiff file to c:\



Helicon Focus is a shareware program. You can evaluate a fully functional version for 30 days. Once the trial period is over, the program will add promotional text to the resulting image and will limit its resolution to 4Mpixels unless you register the program.

To register the program, buy a license and get a registration key by email. There are three Helicon Focus license options: Helicon Focus Lite, Helicon Focus Pro, and Helicon Focus Premium.

A registered copy of Helicon Focus may be installed on up to four computers, as long as only one copy is used at the same time. A single license allows unlimited hardware upgrades and/ or transfers to other computers.

Helicon Focus Lite

  • Automatically adjusts and resizes images (important for stereo microscopes and macrophotography)
  • Uses all available processors ( times faster with 2 processors, times faster with 4 processors)
  • Preserves details by using advanced interpolators for image processing (Lanczos, Sinc)
  • Always processes images with bit precision
  • Can handle stacks of unlimited length
  • Supports dust map to automatically remove black points from resulting images
  • Automatically adjusts brightness of the adjacent images
  • Loads Raw, 8-bit and bit TIFF, JPEG files
  • Saves 8-bit and bit TIFF, JPEG files
  • Allows to add text and scale bar
  • Provides a command line interface so that the program can be called from within other applications
  • Processes stacks in background, at the same time allowing to open more stacks and adjust rendering parameters

Helicon Focus Pro

Includes all the features of the Lite version, plus:

  • Helicon Remote for automated focus bracketing for Win/Mac
  • Raw-in-DNG-out mode - enables processing or Raw files and saving output to .dng format
  • Retouching brush for copying from aligned source images to a resulting image (cannot be performed with an external photo editor)
  • Ability to split and batch process multiple stacks
  • Export of 3D model to Helicon 3D Viewer
  • 2D micropanorama
  • Export of animated stacks (see example)

Helicon Focus Premium

Includes all the features of the Pro version, plus:


The recommended system configuration is:

  • 4 core processor or higher
  • 4 Gb RAM or higher
  • Resolution x or higher
  • OpenGL capable GPU

Minimum system requirements are:

  • 2 GHz processor
  • 2 Gb RAM
  • Resolution x


Installation for MS Windows

The latest version of Helicon Focus is always available on the Downloads page of our website, if your license allows updating.

To install Helicon Focus:

1. Go to Downloads page.

2. Hit the Download button

4. Run the .exe file.

5. Follow the installation instructions.

6. Launch Helicon Focus from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.

You can uninstall the program from the Control Panel.

Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom will be installed automatically with the first launch of Helicon Focus.

Installation for Mac OS

The latest version of Helicon Focus is always available on the Downloads page of our website.

To install Helicon Focus:

1. Go to Downloads page.

2. Hit the Download button

4. Open/mount the .dmg file from the Downloads folder.

5. Drag the Helicon Focus and Helicon 3D Viewer icons onto the Applications folder icon.

6. Launch Helicon Focus from the Applications folder.

In order to install plug-in for Lightroom, go to main menu\Edit\Preferences\Integration tab and hit the Install plug-in button.

You can uninstall the program from the Applications folder.


Adobe Lightroom

Helicon Focus plug-in for Lightroom enables smooth and simple interaction between these two programs. It is installed automatically on Windows, and from Preferences menu on Mac OS.

Follow this general algorithm to see how it works:

  1. LaunchPhotoshop Lightroom and import the stack that you want to be rendered.
  2. Select images.
  3. Export to Helicon Focus. Call the context menu with a right-click on any of the chosen images and go for Export - Helicon Focus. If you want to check or adjust export settings, use the Shift+Ctrl+E shortcut instead. Helicon Focus will be launched automatically. The stack will be displayed in the Source images window in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Render in Helicon Focus. Adjust the processing parameters and start rendering. The resulting image icon will appear in the Output images menu in the bottom right-hand corner. If you find that the resulting image needs some retouching or you want to add text/scale, go to the relevant tab.
  5. Save output image. Once you feel like stacking is done and you are happy with the result, go to the Saving tab, hit the Save button and choose the folder, the file type and name.
  6. Close Helicon Focus. The resulting image will be imported back to Lightroom automatically.

It is important to note that once you start exporting source images to Helicon Focus, you will see that an export progress bar will appear in Lightroom. The process will be shown as suspended until you close Helicon Focus, since Lightroom considers rendering in Helicon Focus as a part of export process.

Please remember that in order for the rendered image to be displayed in Lightroom, you should have either All photographs folder active or the one you saved the output image to. So if you cannot see the resulting image, make sure you're standing on the right folder.

Changing export format

Lightroom exports images in TIFF by default. To export in Raw format, export settings need to be adjusted.

  1. Right-click any image in Lightroom and select Export -> Export in the context menu:
  2. Go to Helicon Focus -> File settings. Select either DNG or Original in the "Image format" drop-down list. There's no significant difference between the two options when working with Helicon Focus.
  3. Click the "Export" button.

Note: simply selecting Export -> Helicon Focus in the context menu will always export TIFF images. Lightroom does not permanently store your selection of DNG / Original format. However, after going to export settings and clicking "Export" once, you can then right-click images and select Export -> Export with Previous. That will launch Helicon Focus and export Raw images.

If you have problems exporting to Lightroom, try to un- and reinstall the plug-in. To do so, go to main menu-Edit-PreferencesIntegration tab and click on "Uninstall plug-in" and then on "Install plug-in".

Please watch the video tutorials on our website for more details.

Helicon Remote

Read more about Helicon Remote here.

Helicon 3D Viewer

Read more about Helicon 3D Viewer here.

Below you will find the list of shortcuts used in Helicon Focus. Sometimes using them makes it much more handy to work with images. In order to get used to them we advise you to print out the whole list and to keep it at hand.

General shortcuts 
Ctrl+OOpen images
DelRemove images from the Source images list
Page Up, Page DownNavigate through the Source images list
Ctrl+SSave image
Ctrl+RRender the stack
F1Helicon Focus Help
Right mouse button on sliderReset to default
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+MFolder monitor
F7Batch process
Image navigation shortcuts 
Mouse wheelZoom in/out
Left mouse buttonShow magnifying glass
Space + Left mouse buttonPan the image (hand tool)
Right mouse buttonPan the image (hand tool)
Left arrow, right arrowMove the image one step right or left
Ctrl+Left arrow, right arrowMove the image one page right or left
Click on scroll wheelFit to window/zoom to %
Retouching shortcuts 
[] keys/Ctrl+scroll wheelAdjust brush size
Ctrl+Alt+scroll wheelAdjust brush hardness
Shift+scroll wheelAdjust color tolerance
Alt+scroll wheelAdjust brightness
Ctrl+ZUndo retouching
Ctrl+YRedo retouching
Right mouse buttonSet new source area for the Clone brush
Right mouse buttonKeep it pressed to hide the retouching changes
Ctrl+GShow/hide grid
F9Load current source image
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