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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Enhancing Depth of Field

Depth of field is a great way to really make your subjects stand out from the background by blurring it. Sure, we can do a lot of this work in-camera with our lens and f-stop choice, but sometimes the creative idea doesn’t strike until the photo hits the computer. The new Depth Of Field lens effect in Elements 10 will help you fix that, though.

Step One:

In the Editor, open a photo that has a busier background than you’d care for, or just one where you’d like to draw attention to a specific part of the image. In this example, we’ll keep the flowers in focus and blur the couple and everything else in the background. Click on Guided at the top of the Edit tab, scroll down to Lens Effects, and click on Depth Of Field.

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