Creating artificial “Dept of Field” with Photoshop Elements
In this exercise I will demonstrate how to create artificial depth of field by using two layers of the same photograph. The first layer contains a sharp picture of a giraffe nibbling on some twigs, the second layer is an identical copy of the sharp picture which is blurred with a gaussian blur filter. The sharp picture layer is stacked on top of the blurred picture layer. A layer mask is added to the sharp layer, and a black paintbrush is used in the layer mask to reveal the blurred layer below the sharp layer.
The next three pictures are for reference, as we have covered cropping and cloning in the previous two topics.
Note: For layer functions in Photoshop Elements, you have to be in “Expert Mode”
Here is the finished product.
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