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Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

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Old 10-01-2006, 10:50 PM
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Post Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the illusion of shallow depth of field using the Photoshop lens blur filter. You will also learn about the unique behavior of this filter. It is specific to Adobe Photoshop, however there are plugins available (they might even be free) that allow you to achieve similar results to the lens blur filter.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:52 AM
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

not too shabby, thanks!
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

Thanks for the tutorial...

Its well written and easy to understand....for a relative beginer like me...still consider myself that as i havent had Photoshop a year yet!!!

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Old 10-02-2006, 03:25 AM
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

Great Tutorial Bart!!

If this is an entry for our new Tutorial Contest, I would suggest you post a link to it in the Contest Page
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Oh cool. A contest.

I almost did this tutorial last weekend--glad I procrastinated.

Thanks for the complements everybody!

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Old 12-29-2006, 08:55 PM
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

Today I just found a website by chance of a photog named Karim Sahai and there he had several photos with this crazy depth of field trick going on that made the images look like miniature sets. I wasn't sure what the trick was exactly till I also chanced upon this tutorial today. VERY COOL! I'm gonna try it now! If anyone wants to see some very nice examples of this technique check out: www.karimsahai.com look under: index>places images #30, 33, 34. I really enjoyed his work. Thanks again for the great tutorial!
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:26 PM
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

I don't think a trick or photoshop was used to create this effect. I'd say a "lensbaby" was used.

http://www.lensbabies.se/pages/gallery.php?strong
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:29 AM
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I dunno skydog.... I've known about lensbabies for awhile and Karim's photos don't show the same uncontrolled aberations that they produce. I think it's more similar to the image in Doug's tutorial. Did you look at it. It looks exactly the same to me. I suppose a test is in order.
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:08 AM
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Re: Simulating Depth of Field using Photoshop Lens Blur Filter

I saw this discussion on another site in the past. The effect can be achieved with photoshop and/or equipment like lensbaby (I think). I wrote him a note asking him if this effect was photoshop or equipment. If I receive a response I'll post the response. Here is another example I found. Photographers say the photo is an "illustration" if photoshop is used and a photo if the effect is achieved with equipment alone.

http://www.photo.si/photo_show.php?i...1009ss_123.jpg
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:17 PM
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Some other examples

Thanks guys. That particular example gives a miniature effect because the DOF is shorter than is even possible with normal photographic equipment so your brain tells you it must be a miniature.

Here are some other samples I've done in the past (there's more than just the DOF tweak)

Before:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69840021
After:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69840019

Before:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69723296
After:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69723297

Before:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69584275
After:
http://www.pbase.com/zumbari/image/69584274

Bart
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