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 11-12

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 11

11 Mask untidy areas
If the sharp parts have been accurately blended, hit Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge the top layer down.  But if you find any untidy areas, click Add Layer Mask to add a mask to the top layer then grab the Brush tool and paint with black, revealing the sharper parts below.

 

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 12

12 Mask then merge
Continue comparing the top layer with the layers below and adding masks. Press Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge the top layer down after painting each mask until you’re left with a single, pin-sharp layer. Click the Create New Layer icon to add a new empty layer.

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