9 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2006 11:09 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Picture Effect

    cobbyfred
      Hello,

      I have always loved this picture effect http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/6220270.stm, but don't have any idea as to how to achieve it. The background seems to be blurd or out of focus, the focus is on only the 2 personalities.

      I will be glad if anybody could help.

      Thank you in advance.
        • 1. Re: Picture Effect
          Level 7
          On 08 Dec 2006 in macromedia.fireworks, cobbyfred wrote:

          > I have always loved this picture effect
          > http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/6220270.stm,
          > but don't have any idea as to how to achieve it. The background
          > seems to be blurd or out of focus, the focus is on only the 2
          > personalities.

          That could well be the way the original picture looks - picture taken
          from fairly close by, longer focal length lens, large arperture, long
          distance from the subjects to the background.

          To achieve a similar effect on an image which wasn't taken that way,
          basically you'd mask out the subjects and blur the background. Look
          for the tutorial 'Simulating shallow depth of field' on this page:

          http://gimpguru.org/Tutorials/

          It's TheGIMP-specific, but the technique applies broadly.

          --
          Joe Makowiec
          http://makowiec.net/
          Email: http://makowiec.net/email.php
          • 2. Re: Picture Effect
            cobbyfred Level 1
            Hi Joe,

            Many thanks, I have found it on the page and I'm now going to study it right away. I will be back on the forum if that it's necessary. I really appreciate your help.
            • 3. Re: Picture Effect
              cobbyfred Level 1
              Hi Joe,
              I'm back. I have read through and it seems this wasn't achieved with FW and I'm a little bit confused as to how I can use FW to get it than. Can you please help?
              • 4. Re: Picture Effect
                Level 7
                On 08 Dec 2006 in macromedia.fireworks, cobbyfred wrote:

                > I'm back. I have read through and it seems this wasn't achieved with
                > FW

                ... which I mentioned ...

                > and I'm a little bit confused as to how I can use FW to get it
                > than. Can you please help?

                - Duplicate the bitmap (Ctrl-Shift-D)
                - Blur one copy of the bitmap; make sure it's the underneath layer.
                Start with a gaussian blur with radius 3 and play around.
                - Bring the other (unblurred) copy of the image to the top.
                - Create a mask.
                -- The tutorial I mentioned may have used some tools which FW doesn't
                have, but it basically used selection tools to select the area.
                -- You can also use the vector pen tool to outline the subjects you
                want to be in focus. Add points as close to the edges as you can.
                Once you've completely outlined the subject, fill the object you've
                just created with white. Play around with what edge treatment you
                want; I'd probably go with a feather.Then select the vector object and
                the bitmap. With both items selected Modify>Mask>Group As Mask.

                That's roughly it.

                TheGIMP (which that tutorial is specific to) is a free download, by the
                way, and it's a really good tool for working with bitmaps.

                http://gimp.org/downloads/

                --
                Joe Makowiec
                http://makowiec.net/
                Email: http://makowiec.net/email.php
                • 5. Re: Picture Effect
                  vishnuke
                  That walkthrough did seem like it was a bit much. Ill see what I can mess with in FW and get back to you.
                  • 6. Re: Picture Effect
                    cobbyfred Level 1
                    Hi Joe,

                    It worked perfectly, I can't thank you enough. In fact I'm really really happy! Once again thank you very much.
                    • 7. Re: Picture Effect
                      Level 7
                      I agree, that is over complex. This took me 5 minutes...

                      http://www.fasterthanu.com/focus.html

                      If you open the image in Fireworks you can see what I did.

                      Peter
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                      | That walkthrough did seem like it was a bit much. Ill see what I can mess
                      with in FW and get back to you.


                      • 8. Re: Picture Effect
                        vishnuke Level 1
                        I actually cant believe GIMP is still around. I might actually download that and give it a shot. I havent touched it in years and back then it seemed pretty much worthless.
                        • 9. Re: Picture Effect
                          Level 7
                          cobbyfred wrote:
                          > Hello,
                          >
                          > I have always loved this picture effect
                          > http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/6220270.stm, but don't
                          > have any idea as to how to achieve it. The background seems to be blurd or out
                          > of focus, the focus is on only the 2 personalities.
                          >
                          > I will be glad if anybody could help.
                          >
                          > Thank you in advance.

                          It's actually very easy to do. Use the polygon marquee tool to trace all
                          around the figures in the foreground. Once you've closed the path and
                          see the marching ants, choose Select > Select inverse, and then Filters
                          > Gaussian Blur.

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