Online Photo-Editing Guide: Steps on How to Create Depth of Field Effect

Are you trying to learn how to create depth of field effect on photos without using PC-installed Photoshop software? Why not try working it on an online photo-editing website with Photoshop features? How? Continue reading this.

What is the Depth of Field effect in photography?

Depth of Field or DOF in photography is the distance between the closest and the farthest objects in a photo that appears acceptably sharp. It is described as the zone of the acceptable sharpness of a specific object within a photo that will appear in focus.

The DOF effect on cameras is done by changing the aperture setting on the camera, blurring the field, and focusing on a specific subject.

How do you create a DOF effect on photos you have taken? Simple; by editing the photo.

There are photo editor applications today that have the options that allow you to create a DOF effect. However, to make quality result, it is recommended to use Photoshop software. In any case that you can’t install the software on your PC or your mobile phone, you may edit the photo to a Free Photoshop online, but make sure to edit your photo to a well-versed photo-editing website.

Here are the steps on how to create a Depth of Field Effect using Photoshop.

Step #1: Upload the photo you want to edit into Photoshop.

Step #2: Duplicate the background layer

The second step is to duplicate the background layer to avoid harming the original image. To duplicate the background layer click the ‘Layer’ option in the taskbar. Next, select the ‘New’ option. And then, choose ‘Layer Via Copy. Now, you will see Background and Layer 1.

Step #3: Select the area that will be in focus

Using a selection tool (Pen tool, Lasso Tool, etc.), draw selection around the image you want to remain in focus. It’s okay if the image you want in focus is not in precise selection, you can fine-tune things later.

Step #4: Choose Quick Mask Mode

Quick Mask Mode is found at the selection bar. If you can’t find any, click the layer option at the taskbar and look for the mask option. Masking will help the outline disappear temporarily, leaving the outside field overlaid in red.

Step #5: Apply the Gaussian Blur Filter

To bring focus to the selected image, you need to go to the ‘Filter’ option at the taskbar and select Gaussian Blur Filter; this will also help soften the edges. And then, adjust the Radius Value until you find the image appealing with smooth transition along with the edges. The Radius value may depend on the size of the image.

Step #6: Exit from the Masking mode

After applying the Gaussian Blur filter, exit from the masking mode and select the standard mode. And then, you will see the red overlay has been removed.

Step #7: Save the Selection

Don’t forget to save your work by choosing the ‘Save Selection’ option at the ‘Select’ menu.

Step #8: Apply the Lens Blur filter

To apply the lens ‘Blur Filter’, you need to select Layer 1. Next, select the ‘Filter’ option at the taskbar and choose the Blur option. And then, choose the ‘Lens Blur’ option.

Do adjustments to the dialogue box according to your preferences and then click okay.

Step #9: Select the Brush Tool

Step #10: Set the Foreground Color to Black and paint out the unwanted areas.

Step #11: Tweak the image as needed.

Step #12: Save the final edit.