Depth of Field Effect in Photoshop Elements

Q: How do I reduce focus in background of a photograph to give a depth of field and leave main subject pin sharp?

A: For this question I thought I would try something new.

I created a video and distributed it to some video sharing sites and uploaded it here.

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re: depth of field
by: geri

I love your tutorials ..thank you for being there...... to help us learn all about photoshop elements :}

Thanks, very helpful!
by: Kelley

Thanks so much for taking the time and creating a concise helpful tutorial.

such a quick solution
by: Anonymous

I'm new to Elements 9 and have been trying to find out how to implement depth of field. Thank you for this quick solution.

PSE 10 - who needs it?! Thank-you!
by: Anonymous

this quick tutorial shows us how to create essentially what the new PSE 10 offers as a new Guided Edit feature.

I have PSE 9 which has layer masks now - so your tutorial is even easier - without the need of PSE 10.

That's funny. I haven't had the time I need to dig into PSE10 to decide if I would recommend getting it.

Version 9 was definitely worth getting just for Layer Masks.

Thanks for the comment! - Rick

Background Blur
by: Marianne

How wonderful. Loved this tutorial but then I love all your tutorials. You are an amazing instructor and so very very helpful. I really appreciate all your hard work and I have learned so much. Thank you again.

Wow, thanks Marianne! It's so gratifying to hear that people are benefiting from my info. And I enjoy doing it. Thanks for taking the time to write.

Great tutorials
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You're very welcome Lynda. I'm glad that my tutorials connect with you so well. Mission accomplished. :^) Thank you for letting me know!

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Just wanted to thank you for your great tutorials, they are so helpful! Your way of communicating makes learning so much easier. Looking forward to more. Keep up the great work!

You're welcome Howard. I'm happy to hear that my teaching style works for you. I remember how overwhelmed I used to feel when I was first learning Photoshop, so I try to make everything very clear. Take care and thanks for commenting.

Great Tutorial...
by: Wendy,

Now how on earth would anyone figure this one out? Geesh!

And yet -- such simplicity to watch you do it!

Many thanks!

Hi Wendy,

The "Magic" is in Photoshop Elements. It's a very powerful program and once you get used to it, it's pretty easy to use!

Take care,

control Depth of field
by: balanescu

How to control Depth of field is mainly depended by aperture size though other factors come into play including the focal distance of the lens and the space the background is from the subject.

just for share same article, check it here:

Soft Focus Effect
by: tony

Thanks for a great tutorial.
Someone else suggested adding the soft focus effect to a selection of the background to create this effect.
I tried their suggestion but it did not seem to change anything on my image.
Ant advice on why, when and how one should use that soft focus effect in PSE 9?

Sorry Tony, I haven't seen the Soft Focus Effect. Glad you liked my tutorial, thanks for letting me know.

Take care,

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