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Depth of Field in Blender

Ben Simonds shares a wealth of knowledge on achieving realistic depth of field effects in Blender in this tutorial. He points out common pitfalls and explains how to avoid them. A must read for every aspiring Blender artist!

Ben writes:

Depth of Field can be a beautiful effect, adding both aesthetic interest to an image, and serving a narrative purpose in drawing the viewer’s attention to the centre of attention. But getting DoF right using Blenders compositing nodes can be tricky, as there are a few things to know about how the defocus node works, and some limitations it has that you need to know about. This post documents my own investigations, and hopefully should be useful for those new to the topic. It also touches on a few things that I haven’t worked out how to fix yet, so if there’s anyone out there with input I’d love to know your opinions.



  • Daniel

    I will be checking this out after work. Can't get to it from here. This is the sort of tutorial that we need more of. Thanks so much for putting it out there.

  • Alexeieff

    This website is challenged. Too bad, the material presented seems to be first rate.

  • Alexeieff

    Not too shabby; website could use a bit more strength.

  • Bart

    What's wrong with the website? It works fine for me!

  • Alanti

    Could be because the gallery doesn't show up in Chrome or Firefox. Works in IE9, haven't tried any others.

  • Benjy

    The gallery works for me in chrome. Though it does look a little odd in firefox. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • unknown

    I made a car scene with depht of field.

  • Alanti

    Strange, it is working in Chrome and Firefox now on my computer, but it wasn't working this morning

  • Marcel

    Thank you. FInaly some useful *text* tutorial (as opposed to loads of pointless video ones)

  • TxRx

    Nice article, thanks for posting it!

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