How to Create Depth of Field (Camera Focus Effect) in Photoshop

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This is a quick video on how to create a Depth of Field (Camera Focus) Effect in Photoshop. It literally takes a few minutes to get done but has amazing results!

First step in achieving this camera focus illusion is, obviously, having a Z Depth Render Element.
Once you’re done rendering, import your render and your Z Depth element into Photoshop as two separate files.
I recommend finishing up any edits you need to do to your render before proceeding.

For this, there are no right or wrong values; you just experiment using the ‘Blur Focal Distance’ slider and the ‘Radius’ slider to see how this is affecting your image.
‘Blur Focal Distance’ controls where the blurring happens, while ‘Radius’ affects the intensity of the blurring.

This is part two of my last video with 5 more free plugins 🙂 I’ve been using these extensions for years and I wouldn’t be recommending them if I didn’t think they’ll actually help you!

If you ever ask me if I prefer VRay’s Depth of Field or this method, I’d say this method for sure. It allows for better control and faster results.
For beginners and advanced users alike, this is way better than setting your Depth of Field values in VRay and having to wait for the image to render, only to not like it in the end.

To achieve realistic results, make sure you’ve done your research beforehand, as in take a look at images with different types of focus on photography websites, as well as don’t over blur your image unless you want to single out an object or two away from the background.


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Software Used

  • Sketchup 2018.
  • VRay Next (4.00.02).
  • Photoshop Cs6 Extended.
  • Materialize 1.78

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