Using Lens Blur to Create Depth of Field

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Lens blur is a great way to create depth of field and blur out objects when photo editing inside of ON1 Photo RAW. Learn how you can use lens blur to emulate a shallow depth of field in your photos. Using lens blur is a great way, but you can also use it to soften distractions. Using masking gradients can help you create a realistic looking lens blur that will help your subject pop.

 

18 comments on “Using Lens Blur to Create Depth of Field”

  1. On July 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm Carol Senske wrote:

    I’m going to try to blur sections using the Vignette in the masking tool. Your image of the bee on the flower made me think I could use one vignette with the Lens Blur filter for this – I’m off to try! :>)

  2. On July 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm Freddie Masarovic wrote:

    Thank you for this. Always enjoy this feature of On1. Just would love to see it being used on a portrait where I believe it will shine. Yes agree it is is pretty much the same process but still, if you have a portrait to adjust with one person and then a group with any tricks that would be great!
    Thank you for the consideration.

    1. On August 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Stay tuned in the future for more portrait videos Freddie, we have some coming up. Thanks for watching!

  3. On August 4, 2018 at 10:24 pm marc labro wrote:

    very nice tuto, never thought using two lens blur as you do.

    about the two first examples, do you find an advantage os using two lens blur instead of tilt shift one ?

    best regards
    marc

    1. On August 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Thanks Marc, appreciate it. I just like to have control of both blurs and gradient feathering options with two filters.

  4. On August 6, 2018 at 6:45 am Peter Pfeiffer wrote:

    Thank you for these tips, I often use blur, but now I’ll check out lens blur in addition. In the first 2 examples where you used 2 filters and 2 linear gradients is there a reason you didn’t employ reflected gradient?

    1. On August 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      You’re welcome Peter! I just like to have control of both of the filters so I can adjust any controls separately as well as the gradient positioning themselves.

  5. On August 6, 2018 at 8:26 am Sherry Laflamme wrote:

    Thanks for this vid. Ditto Peter’s comment. In the types of images I do, I think this method of blur will work out perfectly.

  6. On August 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm Mary wrote:

    Nicely done. I, too, never though about using more than one Lens Blur on an image. You’ve given me a ton of ideas. Thanks.

  7. On August 7, 2018 at 6:19 am Wayne Gallagher wrote:

    Nice little video, appreciate the double blur info and nice short lesson…thanks.

    If one were to change the gradient to say center or edge give the same type of effect as using 2 filters, and would there be an advantage to one of the other? (I am going to give it a try, but have not had the chance as yet)?

    1. On August 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      You’re welcome Wayne. I just like to have that extra option of editing the controls for both filters.

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