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PICOLAY is a tool for generating improved images from picture series on Windows(TM) computers. The program has been written by Heribert Cypionka and can be used freely for non-commercial purposes. The program is offered 'as is' without any warranty. Main features PICOLAY are:
  • The smallest and fastest stacking program.
  • Can be run without any installation, e.g. from an USB stick etc.
  • Produces combined pictures by selecting sharp areas from a series of images taken at different focus levels (a so-called z-stack).
  • Makes the three-dimensional structure of an object visible by means of a 2-d colour maps or 3-D projections or true stereo images.
  • Allows to optimise images parameters like size, colours, sharpness etc.
  • Sets white balance, or flat-field background etc.

Please cite 'www.picolay.de' when you publish images generated with its help.

Things you can do with PICOLAY

  • 1. Browse images of a list at constant position and size
  • 2. Display images of a list as slide show
  • 3. Generate an animated gif file
  • 4. Cut the edges of one or all images in the list
  • 5. Resize one or all images of the list
  • 6. Rename images
  • 7. Change the file format of images
  • 8. Delete selected images from disk
  • 9. Add or subtract images from one another
  • 10. Convert coloured images to grey scale
  • 11. Increase sharpness
  • 12. Increase contrast
  • 13. Increase colour saturation
  • 14. Change gamma value
  • 15. Change brightness
  • 16. Add or subtract offset or percentage to the red, green or blue channel
  • 17. Run a median filter over one or all images of your list
  • 18. Rotate images by any angle
  • 19. Flip images horizontally or vertically
  • 20. Generate negatives of images
  • 21. Select sharp areas from an image stack (focus stacking)
  • 22. Select areas with a target colour from your stack
  • 23. Average images
  • 24. Generate and insert intermediate images betweeen the images of your stack
  • 25. Align displaced images of your stack with respect to x- and y-positions
  • 26. Harmonise brightness of the images in your stack
  • 27. Set white balance of one or all images in your stack
  • 28. Set a smooth background (flat field) by removal of disturbing items from your stack
  • 29. Divide RGB values of images by those of the first image in the list
  • 30. Generate a depth map of your stack
  • 31. Generate 3D images from depth map and stacked image.
  • 32. Generate red-cyan images for anaglyph goggles
  • 33. Generate (2 or 4) separate images for a 3D observation with parallel of crossed eyes
  • 34.Generate spatial projections of stacked objects from any angle
  • 35. Generate 3D hologram views that allow to display covered structural details
  • 36. Generate rocking and rotating animations in 3D
  • 37. Generate 3D images for defined observation distances (viewing angles)
  • 38. Let 3D images appear in front of or behind the screen
  • 39. Paint on images
  • 40. Blur disturbing details
  • 41. Clone (= copy) parts of an image to other areas
  • 42. Clone areas of original images to the stacked result (including depth map information)
  • 43. Write text on images horizontally or vertically with any font and size
  • 44. Draw a scale bar (rectangle with any colour and size)

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