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The new handbook is now available - learn how to get the best results with piccure 1.5 (Link)

Installation instructions

    • Windows: Download piccure from our product page. Before installation, close all running Adobe® Photoshop®/Lightroom® applications, then double-click on the downloaded file 'piccure.exe', and install piccure by following the instructions on the screen. In case the installation freezes or you get an error message: deactivite your anti-virus software (just check the *.exe beforehand). Some anti-virus scanners have problems with the software protection mechanism we are using. Also: you need to be logged in as administrator.
    • Mac OS X: Download piccure from our product page. Before installation, close all running Photoshop applications. Double-click on the downloaded file 'piccure.dmg.' This will mount a new drive 'Preview.' Go to that drive (e.g. in  Finder window - it will be on the left side, right below your hard drived). Double click on the file piccure-a3.mpkg, and follow the instructions on the screen. Note, that a user with au need to be priviledges logged in as "Administrator" in order to install piccure.

If the installation fails or you can't see piccure in the filter menu, please spare a minute and fill out a 6 question compatibility survey (Link).

Occasionally, after running the piccure installer, the software may not be installed correctly in Lightroom®. This may be caused if the “Store Presets with Catalog” option in Lightroom® s Preferences is checked. In order to uncheck this do the following. Go to  Edit > Preferences > Presets OR Lightroom® > Preferences > Presets. The uncheck this box.

Uninstall piccure

After the 14 days trial, piccure will not work any more. It will not harm or slow down your system - still, you may want to uninstall it in case you decided not to buy it. Here is how:

    • Windows: Go to 'Start>Control Panel>Programs>Uninstall a program' and double click on 'Piccure' in the program list. Then follow the instructions on the screen.
    • Mac: Go to the Applications Folder and drag and drop the piccure plugin folder into the trashbin. Then go to "Library/Application support" and drag the IIS folder into the trashbin.

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Please tell us what you think and participate in the feedback survey. In order to do so simply click on "Menu/Feedback" on the user interface. You will help make the product better. 

General instructions

      1. Run Adobe® Photoshop®/Lightroom® or Adobe® Photoshop Elements®. piccure requires Adobe® Photoshop®CS 4 or newer, Lightroom® 3 or newer or Adobe® Photoshop Elements® 7 or newer. Open the image you would like to correct
      2. Select “Filter/Piccure/Reduce camera shake...” (Lightroom®:Select “Photo/Edit in/Piccure”. Save the current photo as a copy(TIFF,16 Bit) and run piccure). 
      3. Piccure will automatically try to correct the camera shake in the image once it started.
      4. It may take a few seconds before piccure completes. If piccure is slow, closing programs you don’t need at the same time can do the trick.
      5. piccure will show you the result once it finished.
      6. You can zoom in and check whether you are satisfied with the result. The view modes give you several possibilities to compare the before and after image.

 

Overview

      • View mode: Decide how you want to use your screen estate. You can choose to view your original photo and piccure's result side by side to check if you’re happy.
      • Zoom selection: Adjust the right scale and level of detail.
      • Interactive overview window: makes sure you don’t get lost in details. You always see where you are and you can choose the region you care about most.
      • Speed vs. Quality: if you have time to spare, try the “Quality” setting
      • Camera shake intensity: Try a higher setting if the image still looks blurry or a smaller setting if the image shows weird “ringing artifacts”.
      • Sharpness: sharper means your image will be more crisp, less sharp can help to suppress noise.
      • Set as default values: You can now define the default values that should be applied upon launch (e.g., always start with “Micro” camera shake reduction)
      • Start upon launch”: You can now disable or enable the automatic camera shake reduction if piccure is launched. The picture will not be improved automatically if this option is disabled.
      • Apply to current view: Apply settings only to visible image section (saves processing time)
      • Reduce camera shake: Apply settings to entire image (may be useful in Advanced Settings, if you want the changes to be applied to the entire image and not just an image region).
      • Cancel/OK: Satisfied? Hit “OK”. We didn’t do a good job? Give up with “Cancel”. Keep in mind: motion deblurring is a hard problem, and we are constantly trying to improve things - it may not always work as you would like it to...

 

Work on RAW images

You can use piccure for RAW images. However, it is necessary, that you import the RAW images through Photoshop® - then convert them to 16/32 bit (using Image->Mode->32 Bits/Channel). piccure is then able to process the image. In Adobe® Lightroom® the image has to be saved as TIFF prior to editing in piccure.

 

Micro-shake reduction

Pixel sizes are down to a few micrometers, and good lenses can match this resolution. This means that even relatively short exposure times can lead to some motion blur.

Micro-shake reduction is the finest correction level of piccure. Follow these steps if your image already looks great - put you want it to be even crisper:

      1. Select “Filter/Piccure/Reduce camera shake...” 
      2. piccure will start automatically. Unless you have specified “Micro” as the default setting, click “Cancel”
      3. Set “Camera shake intensity” to “Micro”. Select “Quality” Option.
      4. piccure will recover the fine structures in your images.

If the image shows “ringing artifacts,” you should choose a smaller blur size. set “Camera shake intensity” to “Micro”. You can then check in the Preview mode whether the result improved. In most cases the ringing will vanish and you will get a picture with enhanced and crisp details.

Here are some more examples for piccure's micro-shake reduction capabilities:

If the processing takes too long, either buy a faster computer, grab a coffee, or try resizing your images before starting piccure. Often the original resolution is more than you actually need.

 

Define SmartSpots

Sometimes, you do not get quite the result you'd like to see. In this case, you can define a "SmartSpot" and significantly improve the quality of the result. Please see the handbook to find out more.

 

Troubleshooting

While piccure allows you to rescue many of your blurry images, it won’t do the trick in the following cases:

  • Out of focus (image looks like you didn’t wear your glasses).
  • Objects moving within the image (but camera is steady).
  • Optical aberrations (e.g. loss of details in the image corners).
  • "Noisy" images (ISO setting >400/800)
  • Night shots (only lights are visible)

Initially, piccure will assume medium camera shake. In most cases, this should give you a decent result. However, if the image was already quite good in the beginning (you just want to recover fine details) or in case the image is severely blurred, you need to change the "camera shake intensity" settings:

  • If the image is still blurry after correction, set the “Camera shake intensity” to the next higher value. piccure will automatically re-estimate the camera motion and correct the selected image region only. The entire image will be corrected if you click “Reduce camera shake”.
  • If the image shows awkward “ringing” effects set the “Camera shake intensity” to the next lower value

A great way to boost results is defining a SmartSpot. Please see the handbook for additional details.

Please keep in mind: piccure tries to recover the original image - in very shaky images, a lot of information is lost. It is thus not possible to recover a “perfect picture”. 

 

At some point, the blur is too large for us to handle at its original image resolution. Then try the following trick: go back to the Adobe® Photoshop® main window, use the “Image Size...” function in the “Image” menu, downsample your image to 50% and give us another chance.

 

Support

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TECHNOLOGY

By knowing how sharp pictures typically look like, piccure tries to guess how you moved the camera during exposure. Once that's done, piccure can do the math and remove the blur from your captured photo.

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