Ever wanted to create the look of background blur, or “bokeh” in your photos, but have a crummy camera or lens? I took several “flat photos” and added depth to them by generating a 3D depth map for the image.
For example, this is the original image of a corvette taken on a cell phone camera:
and now I modify the depth map generated by Google Camera using Depthy 0.3.1 (created by Rafał Lindemann) or Photoshop of the vehicle and the surroundings. I used the layering concept that black is closest to the camera and white is furthest away.
With this we can now create a partial 3D model of the vehicle:
and finally using a tool, such as the Photoshop Lens Blur tool (with the depth map as the layer mask) or Depthy Tool to generate the final image:
and finally create a parallax effect using Depthy: