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Manual focus stacking in PS Elements


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mvlow1974 Registered since 03rd Dec 2012
Sun 16-Jun-13 02:57 PM

Has anyone tried to manually focus stack images in PS Elements using layer masks? I was doing some research online and saw that the newest version of PS allows for automatic focus stacking, but PS Elements does not. I tried playing with a couple of my old images that had slightly different focus points and painted through the focus point on one image onto the other using a layer mask in Elements. It seems to work, but it is hard to tell if this is a really effective method as I had not taken the photograph's for that specific reason, so the focus points were really close to each other.

I want to experiment with taking landscape photographs with a close foreground image such as a rock, flowers etc. in sharp focus on one image, and the background such as a mountain in sharp focus on a second image and combining them using layer masks. I currently have PS Elements 9, but would consider upgrading to Elements 11 if this had a better method of focus stacking. I don't want to upgrade to a full version of PS due to the cost and I would not use most of the additional features that are in PS and not in Elements.