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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Blur Filter

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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68. Blur Filter


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

Lesson Info

Blur Filter

All right, then let's take an image here, and I want your attention drawn to just one of thes lines. You've never been Africa before. It's pretty crazy toe to be there and see these lines walking straight for you, but I wanted so I mainly see the guy in the foreground and then the ones in the background there's just a hint of them to do. So I'm gonna first convert this to a smart object. Then I'll go to the filter menu, and I'm gonna come in here in Choose Blur Gallery. And that's where I'm gonna find a choice called Tilt Shift. When I have told Shift, there's this little knob in the middle. I can click on it and drag this up or down, and what this is going to do is end up blurring my picture. You can see down at the bottom of this parts blurry already. Well, where that little dot is in the middle, there's a big ring around it, and if I grab the ring and drag that controls how much blurring is supplying, you bring it way down, they'll be next to none bringing up, and they'll be a lot T...

hen there's a zone that stays sharp, and that's the zone between the line right above this big dial and the one right below it. If I click on the dot in the center, I can move this around and I'm gonna move it. So it's right down here where that guy is. It doesn't matter if you move it horizontally, but I'm moving it there. Just some thinking about that. Then, if I want to make a wider area that is sharp, you can grab these lines. Just don't Graham or the dot is here. There's a blue dot that would allow you to rotate it. Instead. Move further out, and you can grab either line and pull on it to define what range should be. Sharpen your picture. Then, if you look above the upper horizontal line and keep going, you're gonna find a dash line. Will The space between the solid line and the dash line is where the the sharpness is going to start fading out, and once it gets to the dash line, it's going to get the full force of the blurring your requesting so I can click on that dash line and drag it to decide how abruptly should this fade out? And I'm gonna make it fade. So goes right down to about the pause on that second lion that's there. There is also a dash line on the bottom edge to if you had this moved up far enough so you could see it. But I'm just having a little bit of blurring happening there. Then I can dial my big dial here to decide exactly how much blurry now want in that background to really get your attention to come to this area. But you still know there are other lions in the background now when I end up dialing the big dial, all it's really doing is changing a setting that's found on the right side of my screen that is called blur, and so you're more than welcome to change it over there as well. If you ever blur something, you got to be careful because a lot of images will have noise or grain in them. And as you blur something you throw away that grants, it gets blended in to the image. So down here at the bottom, there's a tab. Cold noise in This is going to apply to the area that's been blurred, so you might want to zoom up on your picture. This image, I think, might have been shot at I s 0 800 And that means there's probably a bit of noise in the sharp area of the picture. Well, if I want to add noise back to those areas that's been blurred here, I can adjust the amount. And if you watch the top portion of my screen, I can see it getting noisy. I want to just try to make it look like it blends in with the sharp area. So maybe around there I'm not sure how well you'll see that on video cause videos compressed, and therefore it doesn't always pick up the finest details. Here. We can choose the size of the noise so we have larger pieces or really fine ones. And again, that's trying to match the quality of the rest of the picture and how rough or random those specks of noise are, or how consistent. If you lower it, then also nerds. Two varieties of noise. There's luminess noise, which is a difference in brightness. And then there's also color noise which is where you'll see some variation in color. If the shark party your picture, you can see it various and color in a way that you don't think is part of the original scene that was being photographed. Instead, it's noise. You could bring up this slider for color. Finally, there is a slider for highlights. I don't know if we'll notice it in this particular image, but, um, noises mainly going to be in the darker areas of your picture, especially if you brighten those darker areas. And here I can choose how much of it is applied to the highlights so I could back off on the highlights. Ah, then up here at the top, Uh, all we got to do is click. OK, And now if I turn off the Blur Gallery filter, you can see the sharpness in the background versus that little slice where we're just trying to get your attention on one object. If you do this to what would usually be a huge scene like a city, it actually makes it feel like a miniature set because you usually can't get a soft background like that when you shoot with a wide angle lens in. In order to take a picture of a city, get the whole city in. You usually need a wide angle lens well with wide angle lens. You just not going to get the blurry background. The only time your brain is used to seeing a blurry background in knowing that it's um riel is when you see something under a microscope or a magnifying glass usually get a very limited depth of field. And so when you suddenly see a cityscape and you've applied this to it to get just a narrow range of sharpness it your brain doesn't know why. But it thinks it looks like it's miniature, and that's because you're not used to seeing shallot up the field with a wide angle lens.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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