Have you ever had to shoot at f/11 but still wanted to shoot at f/1.8? If you’ve ever wanted to change the depth of field in a photo, you know that creating a depth map isn’t the easiest thing to do. Instead of struggling to create the perfect depth map in Adobe Photoshop, using selections and brushes, this video walks you down an easier path.
In this video, Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE walks us through a sequence of steps in Photoshop to create an image with perfectly customizable depth of field. The result is that you can select which areas of your image are sharp, which are blurred, and how much of each you want – a very powerful result.
On the way to making the final image, Colin shows you how to do a number of things to clean up and refine the depth map. Advanced users may be used to these processes, but for a novice this is a good demonstration of this workflow from start to finish. You will learn how to use Neural Filter, Depth Maps, Selection Tools, Levels, Channels and Lens Blur Filter.
Try this on one of your own images and share your results in the comments.