Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Shallow DOF

The tutorial below will show you how to create shallow Depth of Field – DOF, which normally can only be achieved when you shoot with an expensive fast lens, using photoshop.

Step 1: Open your image

Blur Effect

Step 2: Select you main focus point of interest in your photo. In my case, I want to have the flower tack sharp and leaving the background blurred. I assume that you’re familiar with image selection using path, channel masking, etc. So I won’t explain it to you..

Blur Effect

Step 3: Save you selection, when a selection window popup, give it a name. Thus, you’ll have a new alpha channel in your channel pallete.

Blur Effect

Step 4: Load your selection channel by selecting your alpha channel, and clicking on the “load channel selection” as shown on the image below

Blur Effect

Step 5: Make a new channel under your selection channel, name it ‘blur’

Blur Effect

Step 6: Invert your selection (ctrl+shift+I), then fill it with black-white color gradient as shown below.

Blur Effect

Step 7: Load your ‘blur’ channel, then choose RGB channel, and apply lens blur

Blur Effect

Step 8: Play around with the lens blur filter. See what comes best with your image.

Blur Effect

That’s it.

Leave a Reply