Now, let’s start creating the depth of field. Let’s start by selecting parts of the sky and the road. To start, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool by pressing L on your keyboard.


Once activated, follow the instructions shown on the image below:


Next, we would need to save this selection for later use. To do that, go to Select > Save Selection and just press OK once the box opens. After that, let’s use a mask, so Enter Quick Mask mode by pressing Q on your keyboard. You’d notice a red field on the region which isn’t selected.


Now, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and input the following:
  • Radius: 16.0 pixels


Now that you’re done, exit Quick Mask mode by pressing Q again and then Load your selection by going to Select > Load Selection (the selection we made earlier will be automatically loaded). Now, let’s go now to the process of blurring the background. To start, go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. Once it’s open, input the following:


Now, take a look at the image – depth of field has been created.


But if you’d notice this depth of field looks fake, so we would need to blur some parts, manually. To do that, activate the Blur tool (R) and then input the following Blur tool settings:
  • Brush size: 250px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Mode: Normal
  • Strength: 100%
Blur the following parts:


The result:


Step 6: Create the Hanging Window

Now we will begin adding the subjects to our artwork. First, open “Window” by Mehrunnisa stock and then activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M).


Select the window:


Once you’ve made the selection area, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected window to our canvas. Once on the layer, rename it to “Window”.


Next, we will create the ropes as to where the window will be hanging from. Open “Swing Stock 2″ by Shoofly Stock. Once open, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M).


When you’ve created the selection area, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected swing to our canvas.


Once in the canvas, rename this layer to “swing”, also, remember to put this layer below the “window” layer. Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then resize the swing as shown below: