FAQ – Helicon Focus

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Q: Is there a Helicon Focus plugin for Photoshop Lightroom? How does it work?

A: Yes, there is a plugin for Photoshop Lightroom. On the Videos page you can find a ‘Helicon Focus-Photoshop Lightroom Integration video’ demonstrating how to use the plugin.

In general the workflow has the following algorithm:

  1. Select the images in Photoshop Lightroom that you want to be rendered in Helicon Focus

  2. Right-click on one of the selected images

  3. Go to Export\Helicon Focus in the context menu

  4. Helicon Focus will be launched automatically. The export progress bar will appear in the left upper corner of Photoshop Lightroom window and the export process will be shown as suspended until focus stacking is not finished.

  5. Select the rendering method and parameters in Helicon Focus and press the Render button.
  6. Close Helicon Focus after saving the image.
  7. The progress bar in Photoshop Lightroom will show that the process was completed.

  8. The saved output will be imported to Lightroom automatically, just make sure you’re standing on the All photographs folder.

If for one reason or another Helicon Focus plugin for Photoshop Lightroom does not work as described, please go to Helicon Focus main menu\Edit\Preferences\Integration tab, press the Uninstall plugin and then the Install plugin button. It will reinstall the plugin, which will solve most of problems with the plugin operation.

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Q: Raw files are displayed in Helicon Focus not as I expected. What should I do?
Please install Adobe DNG Converter and define the path to DNG Converter in Helicon Focus menu: Edit \ Preferences... \Integration.
Open the RAW development settings window below the Source image list. Try different RAW engines in the Codec drop-down list and adjust the parameters. Choose the best codec and parameters for your Raw files.

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Q: Is my camera's RAW format supported?

Helicon Focus uses Raw converter to open Raw files, there are several converter options to choose from. Adobe DNG Converter is one of the most powerful converters supporting the widest range of formats. So actually when you’re asking about supported Raw file formats you should refer to the list of formats supported by the Raw converter you are using.

For instance, if we talk about Adobe DNG Converter, you should check it here: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html

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