Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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Priority to Photoshop CS6, Creating a shallow depth of field in software was a…fairly difficult process.…You had you know a lot about layers and Masking and Depth Maps. It could be,…done but it was a very manual process.…We know that a lot of people want to get this effect and that their source files…are often coming off of camera phones and consumer devices, so I realized it…needed to be very, very easy.…So what we've come up with in CS6 is called Iris Blur, it's designed to be very…approachable and it's a whole new way of interacting with your image.…Let me show you how it works.…
So here we have this image that was shot with a macro lens and I've got a lot of…great information here, but one of the reasons that you want a shallow depth of…field is you want these center of focus to sort of jump off the page.…So we're going to come in here to Blur, and there's a whole new family of Blur…Filters, and one of them is called Iris Blur.…And the first thing I notice is that my image is the preview, I don't have a…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets