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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here I want you to introduce you to three new blur filters which are located in the Blur Gallery. Now you have to pardon my enthusiasm here, because I am really excited about these new filters. We will be working with this image here, and here you can see this document, it has two layers. Click in the topmost layer titled blur, because I want to apply the filters to this layer so that we can compare it to the original, or to the background layer. Well, the first thing that we need to do is to navigate to the Filter pulldown menu.
Once you do that, you'll notice that this menu has changed. It's been cleaned up or re-organized so that it's organized a bit more effectively in regards to the different filters that we have here. Well, what we want to do is select Blur. The next thing we are going to do is click on one of these three Blur options. When you do that, it will change the Photoshop interface, and it will launch what's called the Blur Gallery. You will now notice that we have different panels and different options. Well, how can we work with this Blur Gallery? Well, for starters, we are starting off with Field Blur.
We have this check box turned on to activate this tool. If we turn this off, well, then that blur disappears. Well, how could we work with Field Blur? And what is Field Blur? What Field Blur allows us to do is to set different points of blur in our photograph. Let's say, for example, that we want the hair up here to be a little bit blurry. We can control this either by clicking and dragging around this area, and we can reposition this by simply clicking on the middle point. We can also use the slider to control the blur amount.
Well, up there this is very blurry. But it's also affecting all of the photograph. I want the eyes to be sharp. We can then click in this area and then go ahead and click and drag down to remove that blur altogether. In other words, this point acts to protect that area so that that area is now in focus and so that the hair up top is out of focus. Well, what about the shoulder? The bottom right corner of the picture? Click to add another point and then again increase or decrease the blur amount, and we can click multiple points throughout the photograph.
You can see here, I'm simply blurring out more areas of the picture. And again, with all of these points, we can click and drag the overall blur amount. If ever we want an area in focus like say, the mouth, click on it and then just decrease the amount of blur either by using this heads-up display icon here or the slider in the right-hand side. Well, now that I have all of these Field Blur dots around my picture, it's a little bit distracting, and it's hard to see. Well, if you press and hold the H key, it will temporarily hide all of those little nodes.
This way I can focus in on the image. Then I can go ahead and click on the Preview check box to look at my before and then now after. So Field Blur, it gives us the ability to really specify where and what type of blur we have or what amount of blur we have in different areas of our photograph. Okay. Well, let's compare that say to the next blur we have here which is Iris Blur. Let's take a look at how we can work with that Blur filter, and let's do that in the next movie.
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