Piccure displays a warning box alerting you to
slow processing when you open a large image
file, but even 32-bit D800E files opened in the
piccure interface in about 15 seconds on a mid-range Windows 7 computer and Photoshop CC.
As the image opens, piccure applies a default
shake reduction. With the Photoshop plug-in,
you can set the amount of shake reduction applied as the default in the program, and I set it
to the lowest value, Micro. Your image opens in
split view showing the original and the default
shake reduction in the basic piccure interface.
You can adjust the magnification and the view
from split view to side-by-side view to filling the
preview window with tabs for switching between
the original view and the processed view.
If you like the result of the default process-
ing, click OK; the shake reduction is applied to
the image and you are sent back to Photoshop.
The shake reduction is applied to the active
layer, so it is safest to apply it to a copy of
your image or run piccure as a Smart Filter in
To view levels of shake reduction other than
the default in Photoshop, click Advanced Set-
tings in the right panel of the piccure interface.
(The Photoshop Elements plug-in does not
include all of the Advanced Settings.) There
you find sliders for Speed vs. Quality, Camera
Shake Intensity and Sharpness. The Camera
Shake slider is the important one. The low-
est setting, Micro, which I use as my default,
cleans up most of my shake issues. Each time
you make a change to a slider you must click
either the Apply to view or Reduce camera
shake buttons to apply the change. The sliders
are not dynamic.
On occasion I used the setting between Micro
Above: Piccure did a good
job reducing the camera
shake (right) in a quick grab
shot (left) with a Leica M8
inside a bar with the lens wide
open at 1/20 sec.
Below: A late evening avail-able-light wedding reception
photo (left) shows the bride
running from the beach to her
guests, shot with a Leica M8
at 1/11 second. Piccure cleans
up the camera shake nicely
without overly emphasizing
the noise. Note that there is
no effect on the motion blur
of the bride.