How To Blur a Background In Photoshop – EASY Shallow Depth of Field Effect

Complete step-by-step tutorial to create a highly realistic background blur in Photoshop!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily create the shallow depth of field effect (out of focus background) without an expensive lens.

You will learn about selections, Layer Masks, Smart Objects, and the Blur Gallery to blur your photo’s background like a very expensive lens.

I hope this tutorial helps!

📘 INDEX – How to Blur a Background in Photoshop
00:00 – Introduction
01:25 – Set up the Background and Foreground Layers
01:48 – Isolate the foreground
03:54 – Layer Mask explanation
04:44 – Remove the foreground from the background layer
07:11 – Create the Blurry Background Effect with Field Blur
08:46 – Blur the background with the Tilt-Shift Blur
10:06 – Refine the Layer Mask with Select and Mask
12:06 – Create the Boke effect (out of focus point of lights)
14:22 – Use Camera raw to enhance brightness and color
17:00 – Remove distracting elements with the Patch Tool


Select and Mask Crash Course

Original “How to Blur Backgrounds in Photoshop” Tutorial

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