Sometimes as you sit down to edit an image, it comes across flatter than you'd like it to be and you wish you'd gotten just a bit more depth of field. If you didn't capture that blur in camera, all is not lost.
Colin Smith at PhotoshopCAFE quickly breaks down an easy way to create that depth effect in Photoshop. Using Photoshop CC 2019 makes this easier than ever using quick selections and content aware fill. You can easily select your subject and cut it out, allowing you use the field blur tool to create a smooth, gradual blur to the background without losing any sharpness in your subject.
The key to creating a believable depth of field is make the blur increase gradually, and Smith shows how easily that is accomplished in Photoshop.
Obviously, it's always preferable to capture that depth of field in camera. You don't even necessarily need a super fast f/1.2 lens to accomplish it (though the gear heads among us would love to have it!). But we all know that sometimes we either can't create the depth of field we want, or just miss it, so this is a nice way to make your image pop if you didn't quite get the capture you were hoping for.
Have you ever tried to add background blur in post-processing? What technique did you use? Drop a comment below and tell us your tips for creating a believable background blur.