Auto Align Layers creating alignment issue

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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I am shooting 3 mutiple exposures of the same fixed image. The 3 images have been taken on a Canon 5D Mk IV on a tripod with a remote shutter release at the same wide aperture with the same fast exposure. There is no reason for the frames to be misaligned.

 

I want to blend those layers, and want to ensure the 3 frames (3 layers) are all aligned. On the layers when I zoom in all 3 appear aligned. Yet when I appy >Auto-Align Layers>Auto there shows some pixels misaligned left and top.

 

Am I doing something wrong, and how can I be 100% certain layers are competely aligned?

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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It happens that auto align offsets by a couple of pixels. I just nudge with the arrow keys (at 100%!) and make no more of it. Just make it a habit to check before committing.

 

IME the final result is always spot on, it's just maybe that little two or three pixel offset.

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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But in this instance, Auto-Align is creating misalignment when there isn't any. Why?

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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Are you saying it introduces actual geometrical distortion in one frame? Not just a general offset of a couple of pixels?

 

Are you viewing at 100% - one image pixel to one screen pixel? That's really important.

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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Have a look at these along the left side at 100%: before auto alignment and after. I am almost certain there was no alignment issue before applying Auto-Alignment.

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Mar 28, 2021 Mar 28, 2021

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Post the three images

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I don't use auto align for that, maybe the reposition setting, as auto align, might distort. Either that or as Dag suggested: nudge the images.

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I agree with all the suggestions as auto align does mildly distort the images. I would try Chuck’s method if you want to prevent distortion. 

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