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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 we're going to take a look at a great new feature which allows us to use the different blur effects, which we'll find in the Blur Gallery and then apply those to our video files. Well here you can see that I have a video file and if we quickly scrub through this what you'll notice is that this is a video portrait and really there are two parts to this. There is this shot here and then there is another shot. Well what I want to do is I want to add a little bit of visual interest by applying some sort of a blur effect to this video clip.
To do that, we want to target the clip that we want to work with. Next navigate to the Filter pull down menu and here we'll choose Convert for Smart Filters. In doing this, this will allow us to apply these blur effects in really interesting ways. So in this case, it's just telling us to enable re-editable smart filters, the selected layer will be converted into a Smart Object. Well that's exactly what we want to do so here we'll just click OK. Next we'll navigate to the Filter pull down menu. Now here when we go to the Blur category, you'll notice that all of these blur options are turned on and they're only turned on because this layer is now a Smart Object layer.
And what we can then do is use one of these options here from the Blur Gallery. In this case, let's go ahead and start off with Iris Blur. Here I'll click on that option and it will launch the Blur Gallery with whatever frame I had previously selected by scrubbing to that on the timeline. In this case what I want to do is just have the face in focus. So I'm going to change the shape of this blur and in doing that I'll go ahead and really focus in on the face and then increase the overall blur amount and then click OK in order to apply that.
It will then apply that blur to the entirety of this clip. If we click on the Play button what we'll see is that this will then play with this particular Blur effect being applied to it. We can also scrub through the timeline in order to see how that will work and here I'm going to move down the timeline a little bit and in doing that one of the things that I notice is when I get to the second clip it doesn't really work because this part of the face -- well, it's out of focus and I want that near eye to be in focus.
To change that, just simply double-click the word Blur Gallery. That will then re-launch this gallery and here I could then customize that so I could have more of this image in focus, in this case more of the face, and I could go ahead and modify that so that that then works a little bit better with this photograph. I also think it works well to decrease the overall blur amount so it's a bit more subtle. So again here just looking to find just the right amount there and then click OK. So as you work with this, what's fascinating is it allows you to often certain parts of your video clip as you can see here.
Next what we want to do is just scrub back to the front part of this video portrait so I'll go to this area here to make sure that this works as well. And to scrub to a different part of your video clip, you just simply click on the play head needle, which is right here, and then drag. And here you can see again it's just softening this portion of the image. Now as with all smart filters, we can also hand paint on the mask. In other words, if there's an area of the image that we want to protect, say bring back the focus to, or we can just click into the mask, choose the Brush tool by clicking on that in the Tools panel.
Next, you typically want to work with the brush without any hardness, and here I'll decrease my brush size and then I'm going to choose black, black to conceal. In this case it's going to bring back some of the sharpness here. We can also work with brushes with lower opacity which will just a little bit more subtlety bring back some of the focus. So in this way, you can start to customize that. Now if ever you want to bring back the blur effect, we'll just paint with white, and in this case I'll paint with white, and I'll paint back in some of the blur effect in this portion of our video clip.
The great thing about these smart filters is that we can always turn off the filter all together. Here's that before and then here's the after and then we can, as we've seen previously, can double-click the word Blur Gallery in order to change the overall intensity of that effect like with this video clip here I think it might be nice to have a little bit more of this out of focus and so I'm just going to bring that in again just customizing this so that it works really well for this clip here, this segment of my video file as well as this later segment that we have over here and in this case, I think that that works well.
So as you can see this new feature which allows us to take advantage of converting the video file to a smart object and then applying these different blur effects that we have can really open up some new and exciting possibilities as we seek to apply creative effects to our video clips as well.
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