Learn how to apply and refine a depth map for blurring a background using Photoshop's Lens Blur.
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- I'm almost ready to go into the lens blur filter…and apply that blurring effect to the background.…Before I do, I want to make one more modification…to my blur mask here and the reason I want to do that,…I'll zoom in close so you can see this,…is that I initially selected the hard edge…of that concrete structure in the skate park…using the polygonal lasso tool set to…a zero feather.…It has a really hard, precise edge here…which doesn't really reflect the way…that photographs look, especially when…you're dealing with something that is in…the middle ground of the picture.…
It just looks a little bit too…artificial and digital.…It doesn't look photographic.…I want to soften that down.…I'm going to click on the Blur Mask here…in the Channels panel and I'm just going to go up…to the Filter menu and I'm going to choose Blur,…Gaussian Blur.…Let me click here on the edge of that…so we can see it in the…preview there.…I don't really want to apply a really heavy blur here.…Just a very faint blur.…If I turn it down to zero, you can see…
By combining your camera's burst mode with Photoshop, you can create a composite that shows an athlete in action. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. After mapping out a plan for lighting, composition, and more, he photographs the subjects. Then, the action turns to Photoshop, where he assembles the composite using layer masks and some careful retouching.
- Planning the composite
- Choosing a camera, exposure, and lighting
- Choosing the sequence images
- Aligning layers
- Using layer masks
- Masking images together
- Cleaning up the background