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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Photoshop Elements 10 Depth of Field Effect
I tried out Photoshop Elements 10's depth of field effect on the shot above. It's a big improvement over the original shot:
The original shot. What's with the evil eye, lady?
This is one effect that I can't pull off in Lightroom. To create the appearance of a shallow depth of field with PSE 10, I used the guided mode to walk me through the steps. First, I used a selection brush to identify the subject. Next I clicked on the button "add blur." Finally I dragged a lever to determine the intensity of the effect. It's a pretty simple process, although a similar result can probably be achieved using a gaussian blur with a layer mask.