How to do Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS5. Jewelry photography post production.

I noticed a big interest to the focus stacking topic. I will explain a post production part in Photoshop CS5 more detailed. You can read and see the video of a shooting part on Alex’s blog Focus stacking technique using Adobe Photoshop CS5

So, we have a sequence of images: 5, 8, 12. I mean, as many as we need.  I have 11 images.

Step 1.

Select the sequence of the photos in Bridge CS5:

Images selection for focus stacking

Images selection for focus stacking

Step 2.

Tools/Photoshop/Photomerge:

Jewelry photography post production, photomerge

Jewelry photography post production, photomerge

  • Layout – auto
  • Uncheck “Blend Images Together”
  • Click “OK”
Photomerge settings. Focus stacking in Photoshop CS5

Photomerge settings. Focus stacking in Photoshop CS5

Step 3.

Select all Layers in Photoshop CS5:

Select all layers in Photoshop CS5

Select all layers in Photoshop CS5

Edit/Auto-Blend Layers… with default settings:

Auto blend layers. Focus stacking in Photoshop CS5

Auto blend layers. Focus stacking in Photoshop CS5

Auto blend settings. Jewelry retouching.

Auto blend settings. Jewelry retouching.

You will see a Layers palette similar to this:

Layers after focus stacking

Layers after focus stacking

Step 4.

To finish focus stacking go to Layer/Flatten Image:

Flatten image

Flatten image

Step 5.

Save image.

Done!

Now we are ready to retouch our image.  How to retouch jewelry, you will see in our upcoming Ebook. We are working on the Ebook right now. So you will see it very soon!

Good luck! Genia:-)

Nothing is fun until you’re good at it.

~Amy Chua

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