pub. on nov 21, 2010 Second LifeTutorial - Guide - Story Depth of Field Tutorial
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Most SecondLife viewers allow you to save depth information from the snapshot panel. To simulate depth of field shots, you need two identical snapshots, one of the color information, and one of the depth information.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Once you have saved both snapshots on your hard drive, you will need to open both in Gimp or PhotoShop. The following images are of Gimp.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Start by selecting the color image and adding the alpha channel to it.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Now duplicate this layer. One copy will be blurred while the other remains in focus.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Now add a layer mask to the top most layer.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Go ahead and leave it white. We will be replacing it in a moment.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Go to the depth image and select all.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Copy the selection.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Past it into the top layer of the color image.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Now anchor the pasted depth information. It will become the layer mask of the top layer.

 
 
 

 
 
 
The top layer now has its foreground parts transparent. In the next step the background parts will be blurred. If you wanted to do the opposite of that, at this point you would select Invert from the Color menu. We won't do that.

We will go straight to Apply Layer Mask.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Next run a blur filter on the top layer. Usually a Gaussian blur works best. If you want a lot of blurring, you may need to repeat the filter.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Now the background is blurred and the foreground is still in focus. You are ready to save your image.

 
 
 

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Since the original DoF tutorial is no longer available, I have recreated it here.

Comments
 

thanks for sharing.. will try that one :)


Antario_Denja [deleted] | 10 year(s) ago

awesome! thank you!


View WickedV's home WickedV | 10 year(s) ago

Wonderful and so nice of you Stephanie:)))


zanykoenkamp [deleted] | 10 year(s) ago



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