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Hi, I'm a new user both to Affinity Photo and SLR cameras. I am trying to merge 2 images (attached to this message) with "focus merge" (following proper steps) When I try to merge the foreground and a background, the foreground never comes into focus after the merge. I have tried adding several foreground images to one background and then the background is not in focus. I have added several of the foreground and several of the background with no luck in a "focus merge". 

If anyone is so kind enough to download the images and try it, I'm wondering if the foreground image just might not have enough image focused (only a portion of a pine tree branch) 

On a different note (I think) when doing a several images "focus merge" I keep getting "Affinity not Responding" messages and long delays, then this will continue several times.

Thanks for any help, Terry

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Hi Terry Kohler,

Welcome to the forums :)

I've downloaded both images and tried focus merging them as CR2 RAW files, as well as opening the images separately in Affinity then developing them, exporting them as JPEGs and merging them once again.

18 hours ago, Terry Kohler said:

I'm wondering if the foreground image just might not have enough image focused (only a portion of a pine tree branch) 

Unfortunately in both instances one of the images is discarded when producing the merge, which indicates that the application cannot find enough 'like' points to merge the images, my apologies.

You could try doing this manually, by adding both images to a document then masking out the branch section of the background image to show the focused foreground image but your mileage here may vary.

18 hours ago, Terry Kohler said:

 On a different note (I think) when doing a several images "focus merge" I keep getting "Affinity not Responding" messages and long delays, then this will continue several times.

I'm not seeing this when using the 2 images provided, could you please confirm - does this happen when using 2 images, or more? What are the specs of your PC?

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Thank you for your reply. I had the same experience with the image being discarded (I should have mentioned that). The specific pictures were taken only to learn how to do a focus merge... so I'll take some different ones and try again. I tried to do it manually but it was too hard to do since the foreground pine tree branch was so detailed with pine needles etc.

As far as the "Affinity not Responding" it happens frequently in other edits including one image edits.  Sometimes I'll be in the middle of an edit of one picture and it will happen. Sometimes it takes too long to recover if at all, like it's stuck, so I'll  click to close the program; and it can take several minutes to close (a few times I've resorted to ctrl-alt-delete to close the program because it seems frozen) I clean my cache, history, etc frequently.

 

HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC, Intel core i5 CPU (M-450 @ 2.40 GHz) , 4GB Ram, 64 bit operating system,  x64- based processor, Windows 10

Thanks, Terry

 

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Also I can have 2 or 3 images open  (editing) and when I attempt to close them (one at a time) Sometimes I'll get the "Affinity not Responding" message when closing them (any, some or all) So, it happens in many different application processes.

The more I use and learn "Affinity Photo" the more impressed I am with this amazing, and awesome program but, the "Affinity not Responding" can be very frustrating. Perhaps it's my computer but, I do have other programs (mostly for guitar) that do not have these issues.

I did do the current update yesterday 1.7.1.404

Terry

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update to 1.7.1.404

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