STEP 1: TAKE MANY PHOTOS.
The focal plane isn’t wide enough while shooting up close to get a sharp image of the entire scene. So, until the entire topic has been captured, we shoot the subject several times, adjusting the focus on each shot. This could require as few as 2 photos, up to 7 or more in rare occasions. In this instance, we managed to finish most of it in three. (At least proficient enough to complete this brief, easy tutorial).

The centre of the first image is sharp, while the surrounding area is blurry.

The focus has been further shifted back in the second and third images.

The third image completely backs up.

ALIGN THE IMAGES IN STEP 2
Stack the three images as layers. Use the Scripts>Load Images As Stack option or drag each image one by one.

Notice how the photos are not evenly spaced out.

In Photoshop, we must align the images, and Photoshop can accomplish that for us automatically.

In the layers panel, select all three layers. (Select shift)

Select Edit > Auto-Align Layers.

Select Auto.

Select OK.

Wait a short while for the output to be produced.

Now all the layers are aligned.

BLENDING THE LAYERS IN PHOTOSHOP IN STEP 3
All of these layers may be smoothly combined into a single image using Photoshop.

Select Edit > Auto-Blend Layers.

Select Stack Images.

Select OK.

Wait a short while for the layers to mix.

The layers have now been combined.

You may check the masking that Photoshop has applied to each layer.

If you want the whole photo sharp, you may need to take more pictures. You will get the hang of it after you have done a couple.

STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

Let’s clean up the image.

Grab the Crop Tool.

Set the crop area by dragging on the image with the crop tool.

When you’re done setting the crop area, press Enter.

STEP 5 Create a single smart object out of the layers.

Choose all layers

to convert for smart filters, go to Filter.

Select OK.

Now you have one smart object.

STEP 6: CAMERA RAW ADJUSTMENTS

Go to Filter>Camera Raw Filter

Pull down Highlights, Blacks and Vibrance a bit.

Increase Shadows, Contrast, Whites and Clarity.

Select Effects.

To add a lovely vignette (darken) around the edges, drag down Amount under Post Crop Vignetting.

Select OK.

Here is the last picture.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *