Join Lee Varis for an in-depth discussion in this video Lesson 18: Depth of field, part of Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3.
We're going to look at a common photographic technique of limiting the depth of…field to throw the background out of focus.…Now this is achieved photographically in the camera by using a larger f-stop,…a more open f-stop, to throw the background out of focus, and have limited depth of field.…Very often we need to replicate that effect after the fact. Maybe we couldn't…use the right f-stop, maybe we didn't have the right lens, the background was…too close to the subject.…So the trick is, how do we achieve a realistic looking limited depth of field…using Photoshop after the fact?…All right, here we have a photograph with a subject against a slightly blurred background.…
I'd prefer that this background was more blurred.…Now the usual way of achieving that is we're going to separate the subject…from the background by masking him off, and I have prepared a Channel mask…ahead of time for this.…I'm just going to load it by Command+Clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on it.…I load that selection.…I'm going to place it in the layer.…
Portraiture can be one of the most rewarding skills for a photographer to master, and the right post-processing and enhancement techniques can make all the difference. In Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3, Lee Varis uses Photoshop CS3 as a digital darkroom to bring out the best in photos of people, faces, and bodies. He examines tone and contrast, color correction, retouching, and more.
- Customizing the Photoshop CS3 workspace
- Controlling tone and color balance with Curves settings
- Correcting and enriching color with Hue/Saturation
- Converting images to black and white
- Retouching and sharpening portraits
- Enhancing background bokeh
- Adding portrait glow
- Blending luminosity
Skill Level Intermediate
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Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniqueswith Chris Orwig8h 35m Intermediate
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