Do you have a great shot but wish you were able to get a little more depth of field background blur in the photo? It is always better to get it naturally in camera with a fast lens, but what if you are not able to? Well, if you want to spend the extra time post-processing your photos, you can add some extra background blur to your shot. Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE demonstrates how he added background blur to simulate the lovely blur without adding halos to your photo.
The first step is the most time-consuming one, you need to start off with a great selection of your subject as this lays the foundation for the rest. There are many different ways to start your selection, use your preferred method but make sure it is a precise selection before proceeding to the next step. Smith follows up by using content aware to fill in the void of the subject, makes the blurring effect more realistic and prevents the haloing effect from happening. Also, keep in mind how the blurring would occur naturally, you can’t have the entire background blurred at the same amount. Using Field Blur you can set up multiple pins to set different amounts of blurring in the image. I would suggest that you don’t overuse or go crazy with the amount of blurring you choose to apply.