Learn how to create a depth map for blurring a background using Photoshop's Lens Blur.
- [Voiceover] In terms of creating a convincing…blurring effect to apply to the background of an image,…not all photographs are created equal.…Some are going to be much easier to create…a blurring effect for, and others are going to be…more challenging.…I'm going to turn off our clean layer…that we created earlier just so we can look…at the composite of our skateboarder.…In this image here, it's actually going to work…pretty easily, and I want to point out why it's going…to work well, just so that you can recognize these qualities…in images that you may be shooting on your own.…
The primary reason that the blurring effect…is going to work fairly well here is that…most of our subject here is in an area that we do…want to remain in focus, this sort of foreground area…of the skate park where he's going up this ramp here.…The part that I want to have blurred in this image…is the background part of the trees and the fence line…and a little bit of the far side of the…skate park structures here.…What's going to make this really easy is that…
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