Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field when shooting close up

Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field when shooting close up

Step-by-step how to create a focus stacking effect: steps 9-10

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 9

09 Merge and rename
Once the Auto-Blend Command has finished, hit Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge the top five highlighted layers into one single layer. Double-click the layer name and rename it ‘sharp’. Zoom in close and you’ll notice a few messy edges where the blend hasn’t quite worked.

 

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 10

10 Compare with originals
Click the eye icon next to the ‘sharp’ layer to hide it, then analyse the first of the five original layers below. Note where the sharp areas are, then reveal the top ‘sharp’ layer again to see if all the in-
focus areas have been blended properly.

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