I found this adorable picture of the little boy I used to babysit back in California. I knew it had great composition and wanted to send it to his mom, but wanted to edit it first. Since it was taken on a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix about 6 years ago, there was absolutely no depth of field in it, and I wanted to change that.
Isn’t he so freaking cute? He turned 9 years old a few days ago. I remember when he was born. I’m old.
So I made a (hopefully) helpful tutorial on how to turn that picture above (not great) into the picture below (much better).
Alrighty, so. First open the picture in Photoshop.
Then you’re going to select just him and the blanket with the freeform select tool.
Since we want to blur out the background, we’re going to want to inverse that selection. Much easier than having to select the entire background.
All you’ve gotta do is Select>Inverse, or Shift+Ctrl+I.
Now just the background is selected. Next you are going to want to blur it out.
That’s going to be found under Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Once you click on it, a dialog box will pop up.
There is a little arrow that helps you decide how much blur you want in the background. I went with 9.5, but I probably could have done a little less than that. Click OK.
Deselect your picture. Select>Deselect. Or Ctrl+D.
After I ran it, I played with the levels to get the light that I wanted.
To get that brightness on his face, all I did was change the opacity on the Contrast Boost to 86%. After that, save your picture. I always save it as a copy of the first picture, just in case something happens to it.
Photoshop blows my mind sometimes. Gotta love technology.
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