Special Effect 3: Create Selective Focus

Trying to adjust your camera to get the desired depth-of-field to focus attention on a specific part of an image requires considerable skill, the right lens, the right film or ISO speed, the right amount of light — plus, a bit of luck, too. Andromeda Software, Inc. (www.andromeda.com) offers VariFocus — a plug-in that allows you to digitally focus/defocus features in your image with incredible control.

Figure 41.10 shows the VariFocus dialog box with the settings that were used to turn the image shown in Figure 41.11 into the photo shown in Figure 41.12. Besides being able to adjust where the blur is located, you can also select different patterns for the blur, and adjust the level of the blur as well. Using this plug-in is not only much quicker than if you were to create gradations on a layer mask, but it also gives you much more control over the effect, and you can see the results instantly.

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