Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

Photoshop – Using Load into Stack’s ‘Smart Object’ to clear or fill urban spaces

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These posts will show some quick and easy examples of how to make use of Photoshop’s analytic qualities using the Content Aware FillPuppet Warp and Load Into Stack tools. This final post will reveal additional uses of the Load Into Stack script.

A special thanks to Eirik Dalland from Grindaker Landscape Architects for the tutorial images in these posts. The images were used in Dalland’s lectures in LAD100 – Introduction to digital tools, held at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, January 2013.

Trick 4: Using Load into Stack’s ‘Smart Object’ to clear or fill urban spaces

In this example, we multiple images of the same scene which we will use for analytical purposes. We load these into Photoshop by using the Load Files Into Stack script.

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Step 1: Select File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack, and browse to your set of files. For best results, the photos should be taken with as equal angles as possible. Make sure the boxes titled ‘Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images’ as well as ‘Create Smart Object after Loading Layers’ are checked.

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Step 2: We will get a file with a Smart Layer object. Now, the key is how these images are blended through each other in Stack Mode. Choose Layer>Smart Objects>Stack Mode to get a list of blending options.

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Step 3: Explore the various Stack Modes. Below, I’ve chosen the ‘Median’ mode. Photoshop calculates what is common in all the images and shows the median of them, effectively reducing “noise” in the image from moving objects. Naturally, when the time span and variations are greater, the results will be all the better.

StackMedian

The opposite effect is achieved by choosing ‘Minimum’, including everything. Suddenly, Oslo Central Station is jam-packed (not very uncommon situation at rush hour)

StackMinimum

Choosing Stack Mode ‘Range’ gives us an interesting visual with transparent silhouettes.

StackRange

For previous tips, click here:

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