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How to focus stack in Photoshop and Lightroom

Use focus stacking to get multiple subjects in focus within one image.

How to focus stack in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Focus stack in Lightroom by following the steps below to achieve a beautiful composite photo with seamless tones.

Plan ahead for compositing. “I engineer my shoot knowing that I’m going to be compositing in post,” Clemetson says. Shoot a series of images from the same angle, and use manual focus on different areas as you go.

Select your photos in Lightroom. Load files you plan to stack into Lightroom. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, select the ones you want to stack. (They must be located in the same folder or the same collection.)

Choose Photo -> Edit in -> Open as Layers in Photoshop. The stacked photos will display an order number in the upper left corner of their thumbnails, with the top layer being photo 1 and so on.

Select the layers in the Layers panel. Choose Edit -> Auto-Align Layers. Be sure to have Auto selected in the Auto-Align Layers dialog before pressing OK. 

Select all the layers in the group. Choose Edit -> Auto-Blend Layers. In the dialog, select Stack Images and click OK. Now you have your focus-stacked image shown as a layer mask.

Single Image:

Stacking RESULT:

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