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    Ernest Lloyd
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    Hi Lenspirationers, my question today is about how to do focus stacking in Photoshop using 20 or so images.
    I’ll attach the one that I’m working on now. The problem that I have is that I’m not sure how to refine the selection manually, and so the photo is pretty imperfect. I am really new to focus stacking, so I would appreciate any advice!
    Also, since I can usually learn best by seeing someone else doing something, I am wondering if anyone else on here knows of a good YouTube video (or the equivalent) on how to focus stack in Photoshop. I have tried to follow a few, but there seems to be something in each video that doesn’t work for me. Thanks!

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    James Staddon
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    Hi @earnestf-lloyd, sorry, your questions somehow slipped my radar!

    Are you trying to do it manually, or are you trying to use an auto-stacking feature in Photoshop? I don’t have experience with it, but I think Photoshop has an “Auto-Blend Layers” feature. Did you try the steps outlined in this article? https://photographylife.com/how-to-focus-stack-images

    #50969
    Ernest Lloyd
    Participant

    I tried to do a focus merge using Photoshop’s “Auto-Blend Layers” feature, and that worked fairly well, but it still was far from perfect.

    Did you try the steps outlined in this article? https://photographylife.com/how-to-focus-stack-images

    Yes, but at the end of the video, as he said, there is some manual refining that he does. And that is the part that I don’t understand! 😉
    I hope I’m making sense!

    #50992
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    I tried to do a focus merge using Photoshop’s “Auto-Blend Layers” feature

    Good!

    at the end of the video, as he said, there is some manual refining that he does.

    Would you mind providing a link to the video that you are referring to here?

    #50993
    Ernest Lloyd
    Participant

    Sure, I think I watched this video right after I visited the link you gave me to Photography Life, so I forgot that the link was different. 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Dz34MMjQ0

    #51148
    Ernest Lloyd
    Participant

    Any other ideas?
    Has anyone else tried focus stacking in Photoshop?

    #51153
    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    I have followed Don Komarechka’s snowflake photography for quite a while, and I know he does a TON of focus stacking. Here’s a video where he talks about some of the tricks he uses. I don’t use PS myself, so I’m sorry I can’t be more of a help…

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