Oblique illumination - several points:
1. Not all specimens will produce a good result. To test it, I would try to make leaf-impressions with glue and then observe the glue, because this worked fine for me. White glue on bottom side of leaf, let it dry, peel it off, observe it. Stomata should be visible.
2. Size of patch stop depend on objective used. I would try first to get dark field working well and then block out half to 2/3 of the light on one side.
3. Try to move the condenser left/right (if your microscope allows you to do this).
4. Make sure that the central part of the patch stop blocks out the main light completely.
5. Experimentation is needed but you must make sure that the patch stop really blocks light completely. If you print it on overhead foil, then this might not be dark enough. In this case stack several patch stops.
On page 26, it is shown how you can get a DIC effect using photoshop alone:http://www.microbehunter.com/wp/wp-cont ... 011_12.pdf