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Old 9th of October 2012 (Tue)   #1
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Is there a way to merge these 3 photos into 1 with the 3 separate bird positions on a common background?
I have LR and Elements.

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Old 9th of October 2012 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: Merge 3 photos into 1

I can't tell if there is any overlap withe the first image (which you want) and the grass looks so much sharper in the third image than the first two so I would say these images would not look good merged.

You can merge images in photoshop though; you can find the photomerge option under automate in photoshop.
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Default Re: Merge 3 photos into 1

Yes. I don't think an automatic process would work here, but you could extract the birds from all three images and then line them up on the background you want to use. If you aren't comfortable doing it in Ps you could give this a try:PhotoBlend
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Old 10th of October 2012 (Wed)   #4
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Default Re: Merge 3 photos into 1

It's a 5 minute job.

Pull all three images into a new document that is about 300% the width of one of them

Line up the horizon and get a pleasing spacing

Using a good sized erase brush with low opacity start to blend the images together around the obvious joins

The reeds in the 3rd image (bird fully in flight) are a lot sharper than they are in the others - I corrected this by cloning from the 1st image and again selectively erasing to blend the edges.

There are probably a dozen other ways to do it but this is a quick and simple solution. It may not be perfect but it could well be good enough.

Turn on Image Editing and I'll post by quick attenpt up for you.

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Default Re: Merge 3 photos into 1

Because the bird is in a very close position in each frame, I'd say you'd want to choose one image as your "main" image, then select the bird from the other two and copy and paste it into your main image. When you do this it will appear in its own layer, and you can use the Move tool to position it so its not overlapping.
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Aw heck, here goes - if anyone complains I'll delete the post.

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Nightwalker
Exactly what I was curious about. Nicely done.
Sorry for the late reply, I can't post up at work.
Did you follow your ideas from post #4?

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Old 11th of October 2012 (Thu)   #8
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Hi Mark,

Yes, the only tools used were a soft edged, low opacity eraser to blend the joins together and a single copy / paste to replace the reeds on the right hand side.

I had done the job before I wrote the post just to make sure that it came out OK.
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