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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 85 of 118

Focus Stacking


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 85 of 118

Focus Stacking


Lesson Info

Focus Stacking

here I was in Amboy, California, and I saw this nice neon sign in. I shot it through a broken window that was in a gas station. That's right nearer, but I was unable to get the neon sign in the distance in the broken part of the glass that's close to me, really sharp. At the same time. I was just too close to the glass, so I shot two shots. I just moved my focus ring to get the area in the distance, shot it and then move the focus ring to get the glass sharp and shot it. Well, I'd like to combine those two together, so I'm going to select the two images. I'm gonna choose tools, photo shop load files into Photoshopped layers, and that should end up stacking the two images, so I get a single document with two layers. Next, I'm going to select both layers, and I'm going to go to the edit menu in Choose Auto Blend layers when I choose auto blend layers. If I use the setting in here that's called stack images, then what it's going to do is it's gonna compare those layers, and it's going to ...

if it finds two layers in one of them is sharper than the other in a particular area, it's going to keep the sharper version. And so therefore, if I have an area that's autofocus in one shot and in focus in the other, when it compares those two, it will keep the air that's and focus. And so all you need to do is click. OK, and now if I look at my results, we have sharp glass and we have a sharp neon sign as well, and that could be known as focus. Stacking is one way to think of it, and this is something that's more critical to do as you magnify things mawr. So if you end up doing macro photography of really small objects like flowers, and you want to get the entire depth of the object to be sharp, well, the more you magnify something the narrow where the depth of field is that you get so you're gonna end up with a lot of auto focus areas. And so if you take more than one shot, you can combine them using this technique to get everything sharp. Just be careful, because if you don't, um, adjust the focus. A small amount between shots. Instead, you do it too big. You're gonna end up with something like this Here I was in, um, the Galapagos Islands, and I shot this one. Been behind him? You can see another iguana, so I shot it with him and focuses. Well, I have a long lens, though, and I wasn't able to get him both sharp and also have a high enough shutter speed. So if you look here, look at the area in between the two and notice that it's out of focus in this shot and out of focus in this shot. So if I were to try the same technique on those two images, all I have to do is select the two. And in this case, I was shooting. Ah, handheld. And if I turn off the top layer, watch the iguana in the back and you seem shift down and to the left, they're not aligned. I could go to the edit menu and choose Ottawa line layers. But when it comes to images that have auto focus areas, it will often not be ableto handle it very well. Let's see if it did. Yeah, that's not bad. Older versions of Photoshopped wouldn't be able to handle that. Then I can choose auto blend layers, but the end result is gonna look odd because it's going to be sharp. Then it goes blurry and ago sharp again, and so that's not really a usable result here. So that's just means Be careful when you're doing multiple shots. It doesn't mean you just need to shots. In many instances, you might need 357 Who knows how many in order to get that full range and focus better to take too many pictures than not enough.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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The short lessons makes it easy to find things. Clear explanations, structured content, great examples, handbook plus practice images - this class is worth x10 the price! I have seen many of Ben's classes and I'm so happy you created this one, love it

Madelaine Enochs

Ben's class has been extremely helpful for understanding how everything works in photoshop. I am so grateful for his classes. Easy to understand and thorough. Thank-you Ben!