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 13-14

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 13

13 Paint a rough background
Grab the Brush tool, then Alt-click to sample a dull reddish brown tone from the petal colours, or alternatively click the foreground colour to choose a colour (we’ve used R:134 G:90 B:83). Paint roughly over the background in the top left and right corners.

 

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 14

14 Add background depth
Grab the Burn tool and set Range to Midtones and Exposure to 20%. Paint over the corners of the background to darken them. Grab the Dodge tool, set Range to Midtones and Exposure to 20%, and paint to lighten the inner parts of the background.

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