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Adobe PhotoShop Elements : Focusing on filters

This Photoshop tutorial covers the details of Focusing on filters. One of the best ways to accentuate the subject of a photo is to create a shallow depth of field, characterized by a sharply focused subject and blurry background. However, if you can’t swap lenses on your SLR camera or forget to set your point-and-shoot to portrait, filters can help you blur your background after the fact.

STEP ONE: Open the offending photo and duplicate the Background layer by pressing Ctrl-J (Mac: Command-J). Double-click the new layer and name it Blur.
STEP TWO: Hop up to the Filter menu and choose Blur>Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur dialog, increase the Radius until you have a very blurry image. (We set the Radius to 4 px, but this value will depend on the resolution of your image.) Tip: Click-and-hold the preview window of the Gaussian Blur dialog to see a before-and-after preview. You can also use the Hand cursor in this same window to move the preview image around. When you’re finished, click OK to close the dialog.
STEP THREE: Obviously, it wouldn’t do to make the entire image blurry, so we’ll add a layer mask to hide the blur from the subject. Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon at the top of the Layers palette and choose Levels from the drop-down menu. Immediately click OK to close the Levels dialog since we’re only using it for its layer mask.
STEP FOUR: Click-and-drag the adjustment layer between the Background and Blur layers, then target the Blur layer by clicking its layer and choose Layer>Group with Previous. This groups the blurry layer with the adjustment layer, enabling us to use the Levels layer mask on the blurred layer.
STEP FIVE: When working with layer masks, keep in mind that painting with black conceals and white reveals. So let’s do some concealing. Select the Brush tool(B) and from the Options Bar at the top of the screen, choose the Soft Round 100 Pixels brush from the Default Brushes. Press D to set the Foreground and Background swatches to their defaults (black and white, respectively).

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Resource: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/photoshopelements/articles/blurring/pib_pse_blurring.pdf
Posted By : NEENA
On date : 09.25.09

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