@Julia have you compared hand-painting with Photoshop's Auto-Align and Auto-Blend? Should I just skip trying to learn those functions?I've got two to share: did automatic focus bracketing in camera (Oly EM1.1), then stacked the images in Affinity Photo (Import → Stack) and manually painted in the different parts to get front to back focus. Since I hand-held the camera during exposure, I did move a little bit and using the automatic stacking would leave me with weird "halos" around the edges. By manually painting in each layer of the image, I could largely avoid that.
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Hey there! I can't speak to how PS does it since I don't subscribe to Adobe's services. I intentionally picked Affinity because it's a one-time payment app, not a subscription service.
So Affinity's "File | New Focus Stack" is not good enough to learn either? Bummer.Hey there! I can't speak to how PS does it since I don't subscribe to Adobe's services. I intentionally picked Affinity because it's a one-time payment app, not a subscription service.
I would suggest you try PS's automatic features first. Best case scenario they'll do the trick for you and you'll get a great result quickly. If you find that you don't like the result, then you can still dive into YouTube to pick up the skills to do it manually. It's not difficult at all, just really time consuming.