EDIT SKILLS: FOCUS STACKING
PHOTOSHOP CAN DO A GOOD JOB OF STACKING YOUR IMAGES, SO USE OUR SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE A SUPER- SHARP RESULT
… And here’s how to edit it. Bring your focus stack together easily and in minutes in Adobe Photoshop
FILES INTO STACK Save your focusstacked shots in a folder on your desktop. Open Photoshop without any images and go to File> Scripts> Load Files into Stack. When the window opens choose Use: Folder, and locate the folder with the saved shots. Make sure Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images is checked and press OK.
SHARPNESS Press D on the keyboard to set the default colours of black and white. If white is in the foreground press X to switch to black. Press B to select the Brush tool and use the Brush Preset picker to set Hardness to 50%. Change brush size with the left and right square bracket keys. Now paint over the blurred area to reveal sharpness.
THE IMAGE The image may need to be cropped. Zoom into the image by pressing ctrl and the plus(+) key, and scroll around by holding down the spacebar and left mouse- clicking. If you need to crop, press C to activate the Crop tool and select Original Ratio in the top left tool menu. Left mouseclick, drag the guide and press Enter.
MASKING MISTAKES If you accidently paint over the wrong part of the image and reveal blur rather than sharpness, press X on the keyboard to set white as the foreground colour. Paint over the offending area before switching the foreground colour back to black. Change brush size as required using the left and right square bracket keys.
LAYERS With the image still zoomed, click on the eye icon to the left of the top layer on the Layers panel. Scroll around to see where sharpness starts and ends. If you have three images, leave visibility of the top layer off so you can do the same again. Turn on visibility and attach a layer mask to the top layer ( and middle layer if you have one).
& SAVE Once happy with the blending, it’s time to flatten and save the image. Click on the menu represented by four horizontal lines at the top right of the Layers panel, then select Flatten Image from the list of options. Press Ctrl+ Shift+ S to bring up the Save As dialogue, save as JPEG if you’re done or TIFF if you intend to add Adjustment Layers.