Create Realistic Blurring with Lens Blur

The Lens Blur tool mimics the tools built into SLR lenses, and gives you a realistic effect in the editing process.
 
Lens Blur has several useful adjustments, including the ability to create and adjust the 'bokeh' of your image. Bokeh is a term used to describe the shapes that appear through the parts of your photo that are not in focus. This is usually captured using a fast lens at wide apertures, however with the Lens Blur tool you can recreate bokeh to your liking.
 
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Step 1: Go from your Photo Editor to the Edit menu, then find Lens Blur under the ‘Blur and Smoothing’ section.
 
Step 2: You’ll see several different adjustment options here. Play around with these until you get the results you're looking for.
 
  • Blur Amount - The amount which the blur effect will be distributed on the overall image.
  • Bokeh Intensity - How vibrant the bokeh effect is applied to your image.
  • Blade Curvature - This adjusts the shape of the bokeh effect. Low blade curvature percentage creates harder lines, high curvature softens the bokeh to be more circular.
  • Blade Count - Number of sides on the bokeh shape. Choose from 3 to 9.
Step 3: With this effect it's likely you'll only want to apply it to part of your image. Click on the 'Paint' tab and use the paintbrush tool to add the effect around your subject, creating a faux depth-of-field in the background.
 


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