Inside Photoshop

Draw viewers in with a well-defined focal point

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Gebhardt

One of the best methods to create a focal point in an image is to apply a slight blur to the surrounding elements. In a sense, this forces viewers to see what you want them to see, and it’s a subtle enough technique that the blur won’t detract from the overall image. Photoshop’s Lens Blur filter enables you to create more realistic-looking and highly controlled blurs. Let’s take a closer look.

Understanding all of your options

When you first open the Lens Blur dialog box, shown inĀ Figure A, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the different options presented to you. However, it’s these options that allow you to have a great deal of control over any alterations you make to your image. Let’s go over them now.

Figure A:
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Depth Map

In the Depth Map section, you can specify the pixels within your image that you want blurred. For example, if you choose None from the Source pop-up menu, then Photoshop applies the blur to every pixel evenly. This is because you aren’t using a depth map; you’re just applying the blur. If you select Transparency, Photoshop applies the blur to the image based on[…]


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