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Blur Filter

Lesson 68 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

68. Blur Filter

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop

04:05
2

Bridge vs. Lightroom

06:39
3

Tour of Photoshop Interface

18:21
4

Overview of Bridge Workspace

07:42
5

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

11:21
6

Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents

08:19
7

How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:10
8

Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders

13:09
9

Developing Raw Images

30:33
10

Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs

09:12
11

How to Save Images

03:37
12

Using the Transform Tool

04:48
13

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

06:03
14

Selection Tools

05:55
15

Combining Selection Tools

07:37
16

Using Automated Selection Tools

17:34
17

Quick Mask Mode

05:07
18

Select Menu Essentials

21:28
19

Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

13:00
20

Align Active Layers

07:29
21

Creating a New Layer

06:15
22

Creating a Clipping Mask

03:02
23

Using Effects on Layers

11:24
24

Using Adjustment Layers

16:44
25

Using the Shape Tool

04:39
26

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

04:39
27

Masking Multiple Images Together

15:15
28

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

10:50
29

Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky

10:04
30

Adding Texture to Images

09:11
31

Layering to Create Realistic Depth

05:35
32

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:29
33

Optimizing Grayscale with Levels

10:59
34

Adjusting Levels with a Histogram

03:37
35

Understanding Curves

06:18
36

Editing an Image Using Curves

18:41
37

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

07:19
38

Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode

07:14
39

Editing with Blending Modes

08:04
40

Color Theory

05:59
41

Curves for Color

16:52
42

Hue and Saturation Adjustments

08:59
43

Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment

13:33
44

Match Colors Using Numbers

16:59
45

Adjusting Skin Tones

05:25
46

Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw

10:52
47

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

07:53
48

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

06:51
49

Retouching with the Healing Brush

04:34
50

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

13:07
51

Extending an Edge with Content Aware

03:42
52

Clone Between Documents

13:19
53

Crop Tool

10:07
54

Frame Tool

02:59
55

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

08:14
56

Paint Brush Tools

13:33
57

History Brush Tool

06:27
58

Eraser and Gradient Tools

03:06
59

Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

04:17
60

Blur and Shape Tools

11:06
61

Dissolve Mode

09:24
62

Multiply Mode

15:29
63

Screen Mode

14:08
64

Hard Light Mode

14:54
65

Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes

11:31
66

Smart Filters

11:32
67

High Pass Filter

13:40
68

Blur Filter

05:59
69

Filter Gallery

07:42
70

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

04:43
71

Combing Filters and Features

04:45
72

Select and Mask

20:04
73

Manually Select and Mask

08:08
74

Creating a Clean Background

21:19
75

Changing the Background

13:34
76

Smart Object Overview

08:37
77

Nested Smart Objects

09:55
78

Scale and Warp Smart Objects

09:08
79

Replace Contents

06:55
80

Raw Smart Objects

10:20
81

Multiple Instances of a Smart Object

12:59
82

Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

05:42
83

Panoramas

13:15
84

HDR

11:20
85

Focus Stacking

04:02
86

Time-lapse

11:18
87

Light Painting Composite

08:05
88

Remove Moire Patterns

06:11
89

Remove Similar Objects At Once

09:52
90

Remove Objects Across an Entire Image

05:46
91

Replace a Repeating Pattern

06:50
92

Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel

10:27
93

Remove an Object with a Complex Background

07:49
94

Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes

12:27
95

Warping

11:03
96

Liquify

14:02
97

Puppet Warp

12:52
98

Displacement Map

10:36
99

Polar Coordinates

07:19
100

Organize Your Layers

11:02
101

Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss

02:59
102

Layer Style: Knockout Deep

12:34
103

Blending Options: Blend if

13:18
104

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

06:27
105

Layer Comps

08:30
106

Black-Only Shadows

06:07
107

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

08:46
108

Create a Desaturate Edges Action

07:42
109

Create an Antique Color Action

13:52
110

Create a Contour Map Action

10:20
111

Faux Sunset Action

07:20
112

Photo Credit Action

05:54
113

Create Sharable Actions

07:31
114

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1

10:23
115

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2

07:57
116

Image Compatibility with Lightroom

03:29
117

Scratch Disk Is Full

06:02
118

Preview Thumbnail

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 Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lessons 1 - 6 - Handbook 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Lessons 7 - 12 - Handbook 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Lessons 13 - 18 - Handbook 3: Making Selections
Lessons 19 - 24 - Handbook 4: Using Layers
Lessons 25 - 30 - Handbook 5: Using Layer Masks
Lessons 31 - 38 - Handbook 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Lessons 39 - 44 - Handbook 7: Color Theory
Lessons 45 - 51 - Handbook 8: Retouching Essentials
Lessons 52 - 59 - Handbook 9: Tools Panel
Lessons 60 - 64 - Handbook 10: Layer Blending Modes
Lessons 65 - 70 - Handbook 11: How to Use Filters
Lessons 71 - 74 - Handbook 12: Advanced Masks
Lessons 75 - 81 - Handbook 13: Using Smart Objects
Lessons 82 - 86 - Handbook 14: Photography for Photoshop
Lessons 87 - 93 - Handbook 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Lessons 94 - 98 - Handbook 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Lessons 99 - 105 - Handbook 17: Advanced Layers
Lessons 106 - 112 - Handbook 18: Actions
Lessons 113 - 117 - Handbook 19: Troubleshooting Issues
Practice Images 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Practice Images 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Practice Images 3: Making Selections
Practice Images 4: Using Layers
Practice Images 5: Using Layer Masks
Practice Images 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Practice Images 7: Color Theory
Practice Images 8: Retouching Essentials
Practice Images 9: Tools Panel
Practice Images 10: Layer Blending Modes
Practice Images 11: How to Use Filters
Practice Images 12: Advanced Masks
Practice Images 13: Using Smart Objects
Practice Images 14: Photography for Photoshop
Practice Images 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Practice Images 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Practice Images 17: Advanced Layers
Practice Images 18: Actions
Practice Images 19: Troubleshooting Issues

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Highly recommended if you want to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Ben Willmore is clear, concise, and professional. He also has a good speaking voice that is not distracting but also keeps you engaged. Lastly, I would recommend that as you become more advanced, increasing the speed of the video (one of the options given on the menu)...especially if you've gone through the course once before and maybe want to watch it again. The double speed is very efficient as you become more advanced in Photoshop. Thanks for the help Ben!

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