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This course provides a practical guide to enhancing photos with the most popular creative effects in Photoshop. Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig shows how to modify color and light to add vibrance, drama, and emphasis. He then explores blur effects, including the Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery and motion blur, to increase depth-of-field, add a softer focus, or make your still images move. The course also introduces the techniques behind digital infrared photography, and details a variety of effects that can add the popular analog look to photos: film grain simulations, vintage monochrome and color effects, and border and edge effects. The final chapters show how to use Photoshop's custom brushes and plug-ins for creative effects.
In this movie we're going to take a look at how we can create Tilt-Shift Blur effects. Now these effects really come from large format photography where you could tilt and shift the camera in order to create blur and focus in an interesting way. Well, here in Photoshop again what we want to do is we want to copy our Background layer so that we can apply these adjustments to a new layer, especially because these adjustments are going to be really dramatic. So let's press Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows, we'll name the top layer once again Blur.
What I want to do with this image is I want to focus in on the hiker here, my friend Mike who is hiking out across this field. Next, we'll go to the Filter pulldown menu, then we'll choose Blur and then Tilt-Shift. What Tilt-Shift allows us to do is to dial in an area of focus, and we can do this in this way. You can see that this area is in focus, it becomes out of focus here, and then it slowly transitions to becoming more and more out of focus to the dotted line. We can click and drag this dotted line in or out to change that transition area.
We can also click and drag this area in and out as well. You can rotate this so that you can have a vertical focus area here or we can go ahead and take that back by clicking and dragging that point around. Now what you typically want to do is set this point in on something or some area where you want to have this in focus. And doing this sometimes you can create these miniature type of effects. Next we have Blur and Distortion. Blur, we've been familiar with because we've used that before but what about Distortion.
Well, this controls how the area that's blur is actually shaped. The higher the Blur amount the more that this will then control or affect those other areas. So here what you want to do is experiment with your Blur amount and also the Distortion. Next, you can choose Symmetrical Distortion if you want that to be the same on each side of this area. All right well here I think this works pretty well, kind of having this focus into this area except what I've decided is that I don't really like having this in focus.
If only I could kind of stack up these effects or work with multiple blur tools at once, well you can. Here if you click on the option for Field Blur you can then add a Field Blur point. Let's take a look at how we can do that. We'll click to expand the Field Blur options. As we've seen before what we can do with this is we can choose what's in or out of focus. In this case I'm going to go ahead and make sure that this is out of focus over here, and then I'll drag this down and just try to dial this in a little bit more so I have that area out of focus.
Next, I'm going to click on the subject and here I'll add a new point, and then I'm going to remove the blur altogether. In doing that what I've done is I've stacked up two different effects. So now I have the blur from the Tilt-Shift, but I also have this other area of blur. And by doing that it helped me to kind of focus more in on the subject, so with any of these different Blur tools in the Blur gallery you can combine these together to come up with some interesting results. All right, well let's go ahead and click OK in order to apply that.
Here back in Photoshop we can click on the Eye icon to see here is our before and then now here is our after.
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