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Photoshop CS6 Will Blur Your Images to Fake a Shallow Depth of Field

Adobe shows off a new blur iris tool that will allow you to add a fake shallow depth of field to your images.

Previously we've seen Adobe show off how Photoshop CS6 will be able to recover your badly blurred images. Now Adobe wants to add blur to your images to emulate a shallow depth of field that can only be produced otherwise by a wide-aperture lens.

If you wanted to create a fake shallow depth of field in image-editing software today, you would need to employ a number of layers and masks--all with varying amounts of blur. In CS6, however, you only need to use the blurring iris tool to point out what you want to keep in focus. The new tool in the blurring gallery also lets you adjust the shape, size, as well as the intensity of the blur.

Potentially, this would allow you to make all those shots you took with your smartphone camera or point-and-shoot camera look like they were taken with a DSLR. Another great use for this feature could be to change the focus-point of your images in post-processing, like what the Lytro Camera can do with its Light-Field Sensor.

What other features do you want to see in CS6? Leave a comment.

[Sneak Peek #6 (Adobe via YouTube)]

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