How to Create Focus on a Photo in Photoshop

This tutorial will tell you how to create focus on a photo by using blur map.

focus on photo

You’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

Open your picture in Photoshop or you can use this stock photo. Now, select black (#000000) as the foreground color.

 focus on photo cavalry

Step 2

Choose the Pen Tool, make sure Shape Layers is selected and draw the man’s figure. Keep the layer opacity at 50% to see the shape of the man.

 focus on photo pen tool

 focus on photo pen tool result

After selecting, increase the opacity of the layer to 100%.

 focus on photo opacity

Step 3

Using the Pen Tool, draw the shape of the left horse with the foreground color set as #212121.

 focus on photo left horse

Step 4

Now, with the color #4c4c4c, draw the right horse’s shape.

 focus on photo right horse

Step 5

Draw another shape with the color #747474 and position the layers as shown below.

 focus on photo bottom

Step 6

Draw another shape with the color #9a9a9a.

 focus on photo middle horse

Move this new layer below all the other layers except the photo layer.

 focus on photo position layers

Step 7

Draw the horse in the back in the same way but with the color #c0c0c0.

 focus on photo back horse

Step 8

Now, create a new layer and fill it with the color #e7e7e7.

 focus on photo new layer

Step 9

Merge all of the layers except for the photo layer. Now, select the photo layer and open the Channels panel by clicking on Window > Channels.

 focus on photo channels panel

Create a new channel.

 focus on photo new channel

On the layers palette, ctrl-click on the merged layer thumbnail to select it.

 focus on photo select

Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected layer, select the Alpha 1 channel and press Ctrl+V to paste it. Move the layer content a bit to the left in order to position it correctly.

 focus on photo paste

Step 10

Hide the merged layer and Alpha 1 channel by clicking on the visibility icon (the eye).

 focus on photo hide

Now, select the photo layer, go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur and apply a blur with the settings shown below.

 focus on photo blur

And we’re done!

 focus on photo

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