One of the most powerful controls in Adobe Photoshop is the lens blur filter because it allows you to essentially create a depth matte. If you take the time to paint what's in and out of focus, you can create photo realistic depth-of-field to any background. Richard Harrington shows how to use Photoshop to apply a depth-of-field blur.
- Now, when people speak of depth of field,…they're often talking about how far…focus extends into a scene.…More and more, people are shooting…with shallower depth of field…to push things like backdrops out of focus.…This is particularly popular with…more cinematic productions.…Fortunately, we can actually apply…the same techniques to our stills…to push those out of focus with depth,…so they work better in a chroma key situation.…Let's start here with a simple image.…
What I want to do is select the area…that should be in focus.…Using my Quick Selection Tool here,…I can start to click and drag through the scene,…and it makes a basic selection.…There we go.…Now if it selects something you don't want,…it's pretty easy to remove that.…Just hold down the Option or Alt key,…and click, and it will subtract.…
Let's just drag through.…Subtract the tree there.…Little bit of the rock.…There we go.…Not bad.…And we'll just drag through the foreground here…to pick this area up.…Now if you want to visualize that,…just click the button here labeled…
- Keying in Premiere Pro vs. After Effects
- Importing footage to key
- Stacking layers in Premiere Pro
- Using the Ultra Keyer
- Using KEYLIGHT
- Enhancing a key with 3D lights
- Deciding when to use a third-party tool
- Processing backdrops in Photoshop
- Exchanging transparency data
Skill Level Intermediate
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After Effects Compositing: 4 Color Keyingwith Mark Christiansen2h 7m Intermediate
1. Deciding Where to Key Your Footage
2. Importing Footage to Key
3. Keying in Adobe Premiere Pro
4. Keying in Adobe After Effects
5. Selected Third-Party Keyers
6. Processing Backdrops in Photoshop
7. Backdrop Techniques
8. Exchanging Transparency Data
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