How to Blur a Background and Create Depth of Field in Photoshop

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Having a soft, out-of-focus background is an extremely effective way of drawing the viewer’s eye to your subject and it’s also a highly sought after look that should be a part of every photographer’s skillset.

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How to Blur a Background and Create Depth of Field in Photoshop

As always, the best way to do this is in-camera. So when you’re going for this look, try using a lens with a wide maximum aperture – like a 50mm f/ 1.2 or f/ 1.4 which are both fantastic for shooting portraits with a shallow depth of field.

Sometimes though, you may not have the right lens or you’re not able to shoot that wide open because of lighting conditions. This is where Photoshop can save the day.

Creating a Realistic Depth of Field Effect

This technique involves making an accurate selection of the subject(s) in the photo, duplicating them, removing them from the original background, blurring the background, and then placing them back into the image. It does take a bit of time but the effect is realistic and can easily make an image into one that your client will love!

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