In this video I’m going to show you how to create a blurry background in Photoshop.
What we’re trying to do here is fake the shallow depth of field focus on a flat photograph.
We’re going to apply the blur by using the Lens Blur Filter which allows you to apply the shallow depth field effect so that some objects in the image are in focus while others are blurred.
You can use a simple selection to determine which areas are blurred, but I recommend using alpha channels since it allows you to easily create more complex selections if your image requires it.
The black areas in the alpha channel are treated as though they’re in focus, and the white areas are treated as if they’re out of focus. The different shades of gray are of course different levels of focus.
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