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28 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2019 Notice an improvement? You should. To view the background layer and see the difference between these two, turn off the "eye" (Figure F). Turn the eye back on and use the slider to adjust the percentage of this effect to the image as needed. This technique is a more tailored adjustment versus a flat contrast adjustment. You can also duplicate this new layer to further enhance the contrast if needed. From this point, if you'd like to preserve this file with the layers intact for future adjustments, you can go to File>Save As and choose the file type Corel PHOTO- PAINT file (Figure G). If not, you can save it as a PNG file, and your file will compress the layers and create a new file with the changes. Figure H shows the Export set- tings I used when saving this file. A note on smartphone photos: Newer smartphones that have multiple cameras may have the ability to create a depth of field similar to the abilities of an SLR camera. A quick search on YouTube with the subject "creating depth of field with smartphone" should yield some helpful tutorials. The next step is to gently blur the area around the product that needs the focus. The Planar Mask and Bokeh Blur are ideal for this. Open the PNG file that was just made — it should contain no layers. From the tool bar, click on the flyout in the bottom right area of the mask tools to find Planar Mask in the drop-down menu (Figure I). From here, there are several adjustments you can make to the selection. You can click anywhere inside the parallel lines to move the entire selection, you can grab the rotating arrows at the far end of the solid center line to adjust the angle of the selection, and you can drag anchor points centered on the secondary solid lines or dotted lines to adjust the width of the area that will remain in focus and the point at which the blur will begin (Figure J). The area between the secondary solid lines and the dotted line is a transition area going from in-focus to blurred. Everything beyond the dotted lines will have the full effect of the blur once applied, and every- thing within the secondary solid lines will be unaffected by the blur. Once you are satisfied with the selec- tion, it's time to add the blur. Go to Effects>Blur>Bokeh Blur (Figure K). An adjustment interface opens, allowing you to adjust the amount of blur, area of focus, Fig F Fig G Fig H

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