How To Change Depth Of Field In Photographs With Photoshop

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Colin Smith demonstrates the most powerful way to change the depth of field or background blur in photographs using Photoshop’s depth maps, neural filters, and lens blur.
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3 Color Tweaks To Improve Image Blur’s Depth Of Field

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The principles of atmospheric perspective can be used to enhance the illusion depth in two-dimensional images. The three elements of color each encode space. Some colors rise forward – light, warm, saturated. Some colors recede – dark, cool, desaturated. When applied strategically and selectively, they can produce powerful visual effects, making your images appear even more realistic. 

You can combine these tendencies (They’re not absolute rules and can all be reversed in the right contexts.) with selective blur to make the illusion of space in your images even more powerfully felt.

Photoshop’s Depth Blur neural filter offers sliders to make it quick and easy to make these kinds of color adjustments and make blurring effects more powerfully felt. 


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3 Ways To Blur Image Backgrounds With Photoshop From Easy To Precise

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Three Photoshop gurus demonstrate how to blur backgrounds, moving from simple to more precise methods.
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Fast & Easy Ways To Blur Image Backgrounds in Photoshop

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“In this easy-to-follow tutorial, you will learn how to blur backgrounds in Photoshop! You will learn about selections, Layer Masks, Content-Aware Fill, Smart Objects, and the Depth Blur Neural Filter to blur your photo’s background. This Photoshop tutorial will cover everything you need to know about creating a shallow depth of field effect.”
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Photoshop’s Amazing Colorize Filter Offers Many More Features

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Colin Smith shows often overlooked additional controls in the Photoshop Neural Filter Colorize. Convert black and white photos to color instantly and then learn these tools to perfect results.

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3 Tips To Gain Greater Control Of Adobe’s New Neural Filter Colorize

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“Colin Smith gives you 3 tips to make Adobe’s new Neural filter Colorize do exactly what you want it to.”
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Photoshop’s New Filter Depth Blur Helps You Control Depth Of Field

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“Just one slider to Add Background Blur & Shallow Depth of Field! Besides, you can also control where to focus! All of this, in a brand new feature called “Depth Blur” which is a part of Neural Filters in Photoshop. In this video, we will be testing this new feature against a variety of images; from simple single-subject ones to images with random objects or a group photo. In this lesson, we will also learn and discover in what scenario this feature can be useful and how you can make the best out of it, along with some best practices and advanced techniques. We’ll also learn how to use depth maps for better results.”
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