I just now looked up the manual for Helicon Focus. It says the default algorithm "perfectly renders textures on smooth surfaces." (If the surface is smooth, how can it have any texture?) The product gives you the choice of using three algorithms and each one can be fine-tuned using other parameters. I wonder if Helicon Focus would have solved your problem.i think Photoshop needs a well defined pattern in order to produce a sharp all over look
I am trying that as we speak, but I have uploaded another one which Photoshop would not do properly.Be sure to eventually check out the 3-D module that's available in your Pro version (not in my Lite version). I used it during the 30-day trial period and it can be lots of fun.
It would also be great to learn whether Helicon Focus handles the tabletop in this thread's photo the way you want. If so, it would be even better to see the photo.