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 15-16

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 15

15 Select the top corners
Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, set Radius to 20px and hit OK to blur the painted layer. Hide the layer and highlight the bottom layer. Grab the Quick Selection tool and use it to select the background area at the top left and the leaf in the top right.

 

How to create a focus stacking effect: step 16

16 Refine the edges
Once the selection is complete, go to Select> Refine Edge and use the sliders. Set Radius to 3px, Shift Edge to +10, Output to Selection and hit OK. Reveal and highlight the painted layer. Click the Add Layer Mask icon to turn the selection into a Layer Mask.

PAGE 1: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 1-2
PAGE 2: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 1-2
PAGE 3: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 3-4
PAGE 4: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 5-6
PAGE 5: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 7-8
PAGE 6: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 9-10
PAGE 7: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 11-12
PAGE 8: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 13-14
PAGE 9: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 15-16
PAGE 10: How to create a focus stacking effect: steps 17-18

READ MORE

3 selective adjustment tools your raw files can’t live without
Photoshop Levels Tool: 6 tricks all the pros use
5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw