Alright, several months ago I decided I would try my hand at HDR....Ok fine, took my shots. Well I have encountered a problem. Photomatixes Auto alignment, semi manual and manual alignment have all failed beyond miserably. Word of advice, don't put your tripod in running water....I think I would have been better off handheld but anyway. I need to manually align and then crop all nine images in the exact same spot and save them individually for HDR processing in Photomatix using another program. Now, If I where to use MS Photo draw this would be a snap given the way Photodraw crops. Quick example: Say I really suck and did this: Well that's easy, open it in Photodraw, copy paste the three images into one and align as normal, Click crop size menu, select resize background, input desired size and locate group as desired, reset layer transparency to zero, save as, delete top layer and repete untill all applicable images are saved. With Photodraw only top layer (in cases like this where only one layer is visable) that is in the background (outlined in white by default) is saved as the image, so this is the result and all three are the same (I woulda mocked up some half baked exposure variation but for space sake I did not) (yes I know it's a horrible crop, but this is just a quick demo thingy) Now here are my problems, I can't do that in Photoshop (I tried and failed miserably), MS photodraw can not handle the images at their full rezalution, or even half of it so it reconfigures the jpeg and major detail is lost. Photoshops cropping methoed is too inconsistant in my hands to get the same size and same spot repetedly and crops with out preview (resulting in many a undo crops, irritating me further). Additionally the layer system opperates way differently than I am used to and I find it difficult to get anywhere and frankley I had given up trying to figure it out. Obviously, I am doing something wrong here and it's pissing me off. And NO, I am not using Photoshops HDR tools....I don't think I even have them. I would like some suggestions if anyone has any.