Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Focus stacking, part of Up and Running with Photoshop Automation.
Another script that I like to use is the ability to stack several images together. Now, some users doing highly specialized workflow, like merging multiple photos for a large crowd-shot, or taking medical images and stacking and analysing those, already use this command. But, for lots of folks, it's incredibly useful. Maybe you want to make a collage with multiple layers put together, or even take advantage of something advanced like focus stacking. Let's see how it works. I'll go ahead into Photoshop, and choose File, Scripts, Load Files into Stack.
I'll now browse to find the files that I want to use And lets start with this folder called to stack. This is 5 night time shots that I want to work with. I'll choose okay. They all load in and there's no need to analyze these images to automatically align up. The smart object is useful if you want to go ahead and use some of the advanced analysis options. That people doing medical imagery often need. Let's choose OK. Those are all going to load together into a single file, and now I could start to design.
In this case I'm just using these night time images and by placing them in the modes like Screen mode, I'm able to drop out the dark areas and create a pretty cool organic type collage. Remember with the Move tool selected, you can also use the keyboard shortcut of Shift+ to step through the different blending modes. And of course adjust the opacity as you work. And this is just a fun way to combine multiple images into a composite image. And can really open up some interesting ideas, artistically.
Now this is a fun image, and cropping that, I'd have a perfect image ready to use as an artistic background if I wanted something for say, a social media banner. That's kind of a fun idea right there, and I can load that in as a texture layer. I'd be happy to use that, and that's sort of the design oriented option.
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- Loading actions
- Creating a custom action
- Assigning keyboard shortcuts to actions
- Creating a droplet for an action
- Performing quick lens corrections
- Automating merging to HDR Pro
- Creating event-based scripts
- Working with layers more efficiently with actions