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A quick down and dirty trick for faking depth of field with Photoshop Elements.
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Essential Photoshop Elements Video Tutorials On Photoshop Elements With your host Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson: Hey, this is Rick from essential-photoshop-elements.com. In this video I'm going to show you way to stimulate depth of field in a photograph. First thing I'm going to do is duplicate my background layer and now I'm going to a Gaussian Blur to that layer. I'm going to go with about seven, we want a fairly heavy blur on that. Now I'm going to go down to create a new adjustment layer and create a levels adjustment layer. We are not going to make any changes in that dialog box, we just want to use the layer mask that comes along with it.
So drag that layer down below your blurred copy. Now we need to create a clipping mask between these two layers, so to do that hold the Alt key on the PC or the option key on a Mac and when you see the two overlapping circles, click and that will create a clipping mask and now we can use the layer mask, from the adjustment layer to affect our blurred layer and bring back the sharpness that we want. So grab your brush tool from the toolbox, make sure that your foreground color is black. You can do that by clicking on these two small squares and then toggle between black and white with this curved arrow.
In your options bar you want to select a soft edged brush, close at and now just paint on your layer mask with black to bring back the sharpness of the flower where you want it and that's all there is to it, to see a lot more information on Photoshop Elements, visit my website at essential-photoshop-elements.com. Until next time, take care.