Maya: Depth of Field

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Create a simple scene.

Select the Persp View.

Select View->Camera Attribute Editor... from the Persp Window's Menu.

Under Depth of Field:
Check Depth of Field

Try rendering.

Select Display->Show->Cameras to display the Camera icons.

Dolly out the orthographic views so you can see the camera icon in relation to the item you would like focused.

Select Create->Measuring Tools->Distance Tool.

Click near the camera, and then click near the item you want to be in focus.

Adjust the locators to get a more accurate distance.

Use this Focus Distance in the Depth of Field menu in the Camera Attribute editor.

Lower the Fstop to make the image less focused.