# Blurring with a nested Smart Filter

## Video: Blurring with a nested Smart Filter

In this movie, I'll show you how to blur the tiger tattoo with the application of a Smart Filter, and I'll show you how to blend that filter into place as well and then I'll show you a special approach that will allow us to see the effects of the Smart Filter even if we apply further transformations. So I'm going to start things off here by going up to the Filter menu and choosing Blur and then I'll choose Gaussian Blur and if you loaded dekeKeys you've got a keyboard shortcut, this is a very common useful filter, of Shift+F6. And I ultimately elected to set the Radius value to 4 pixels where this image is concerned, higher resolution images incidentally would require a higher radius values in order to achieve the same effect, and then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that filter.

## Blurring with a nested Smart Filter

In this movie, I'll show you how to blur the tiger tattoo with the application of a Smart Filter, and I'll show you how to blend that filter into place as well and then I'll show you a special approach that will allow us to see the effects of the Smart Filter even if we apply further transformations. So I'm going to start things off here by going up to the Filter menu and choosing Blur and then I'll choose Gaussian Blur and if you loaded dekeKeys you've got a keyboard shortcut, this is a very common useful filter, of Shift+F6. And I ultimately elected to set the Radius value to 4 pixels where this image is concerned, higher resolution images incidentally would require a higher radius values in order to achieve the same effect, and then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that filter.

Because I'm working with a Smart Object, Photoshop applies Gaussian Blur automatically as a Smart Filter, which means that I can edit it anytime I like. Now all I have to do to edit the settings is double-click on the words Gaussian Blur and then I have access to that radius value once again. Anyway, for now I'm just going to cancel out. Now let's say at this point, this isn't really the effect I want, it's way to blurry, but we'll address that in a moment, but for now let's imagine that I want to apply further transformations to this image and I want to be able to see the filtered version of the image as well.

Well, if you go up to the Edit menu, and choose Free Transform or any of the other transformation options, then Photoshop is going to warn you that the Smart Filters that are applied to this layer will be turned off temporarily, so as long as you're applying the transformation, you can't see the filter and sure enough when I click OK, the Gaussian Blur effect disappears. What if that's not what you want? Well, I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape key in order to leave the Free Transform mode and then I'll right-click on the words Smart Filters and choose Clear Smart Filters in order to get rid of that effect.

The great thing here is we've got a Smart Object inside of a Smart Object, so we can nest the filtering effect like so, just go ahead and double-click on the thumbnail for the tiger tattoo layer. If you get this alert message that's telling you how Smart Filters work just go ahead and click OK and then inside the Smart Object, we're still in Photoshop by the way, you want to go up to the Filter menu and just choose that first command or you can press Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac and because we're working with the Smart Object, as you can see here, Photoshop goes ahead and forces the display of the Gaussian Blur dialog box.

I still want to apply a radius values 4 pixels then I'll click OK and I also want to go ahead and blend this filtering effect into the original image and I'm going to do that by double-clicking on this little slider icon there and that'll bring up the Blending Options dialog box and I'm going to change the mode from Normal, once again, to Multiply in order to sync that affect. So what I am doing is I am telling Photoshop to use the Gaussian Blur exclusively to darken the image, which means that the blur is going outward and not inward and that will create the appearance of the any kind of leaching into the skin and then I'll select the Opacity value and change it to 75% and I'll click OK.

Now because the Gaussian Blur effect is extending outside the outlines of this tiger art, it's extending outside of the canvas as well, so we're going to get some very sharp edges if we just go and save our changes at this point. What we need to do is extend the canvas a little bit. By going up to the Image menu, and choosing the Canvas Size command or you can press Ctrl+Alt+C or Cmd+Opt+C on the Mac, and I'm going to turn on the relative checkbox, so that we're just adding pixels to the image and I'm going to enter a width value of 20 pixels and a height value of 20 pixels as well and I'm just trying to give it way more pixels than we need.

Theoretically, because of the Gaussian distribution of the Gaussian Blur filter we need about 6 or 7 pixels in order to account for 4 pixels of radius but 20 pixels will for sure be enough. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to extend that canvas outward. Now that I'm done working on the Smart Object I'll go ahead and close it and then here on a PC I'll click the Yes button on the Mac you'll click the Save button in order to update that Smart Object inside of the larger composition. Now that we've applied the filter inside of the Smart Object, instead of outside of it we can transform this layer and still see the effect of the filter and so just by way of demonstration, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose as opposed to Free Transform this time, I'll go to the Transform submenu and choose the Warp Command, so we can go directly to the Warp mode and note we don't get an alert message this time and we continue to see the effects of the Gaussian Blur filter.

And then, I'm just going to drag upward on the flames at the top of the tiger's head in order to add a little bit of extra distortion there, and when I'm done I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to accept my changes and that's how you blur an image with the help of a Smart Filter nested inside of a Smart Object, so that you can continue to see the results of the filter even when you apply further transformations.

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1. ### 23. Shortcuts and Settings

30m 4s
1. Welcome to One-on-One
2m 19s
6m 5s
3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
3m 4s
4. Adjusting a few general preferences
4m 3s
5. Using the visual HUD color picker
2m 2s
6. The interface and performance settings
5m 31s
7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
7m 0s
2. ### 24. Smart Objects

47m 0s
1. Smart Objects
1m 36s
2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
3m 6s
3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
4m 11s
4. Transforming and warping a vector object
4m 48s
5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
3m 10s
6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
4m 57s
7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
3m 20s
8. Creating "true clones"
3m 50s
9. Duplicating a group of clones
2m 53s
10. Breaking the Smart Object link
2m 53s
11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
2m 44s
12. Editing originals; updating clones
3m 41s
13. Removing people from a scene with Median
5m 51s

29m 59s
1. Luminance meets sharpening
1m 2s
2. Correcting for lens distortion
4m 39s
3m 54s
4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
4m 19s
5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
3m 18s
6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
3m 29s
7. Sharpening on top of blur
2m 47s
8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
2m 53s
9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
3m 38s
4. ### 26. Using Curves

49m 10s
1. Using Curves
2m 40s
7m 36s
3. Adding and editing points on a curve
6m 27s
4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
8m 12s
5. Correcting a challenging image
6m 33s
6. Selecting and darkening highlights
4m 39s
7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
6m 6s
8. The new automatic Curves function
6m 57s
5. ### 27. Camera Raw

1h 31m
1. Camera Raw
2m 11s
2. Opening and editing multiple images
8m 1s
3. Correcting white balance
4m 8s
4. The revamped Exposure controls
8m 8s
5. Working with archival images
7m 54s
6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
6m 4s
7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
7m 23s
8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
5m 57s
9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
5m 17s
10. Applying manual lens corrections
5m 14s
11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
6m 49s
12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
6m 36s
13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
6m 36s
14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
6m 48s
15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
4m 24s
6. ### 28. Duotones and Colorize

32m 30s
1. Duotones
1m 23s
2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
4m 18s
5m 42s
3m 48s
5m 48s
6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
4m 6s
7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
7m 25s
7. ### 29. Noise and Detail

1h 6m
1. Noise vs. Details
1m 28s
2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
7m 29s
3. Correcting a noisy photo
5m 33s
4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
5m 50s
5. Protecting details with an edge mask
4m 52s
3m 35s
7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
3m 45s
8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
6m 42s
9. Creating texture by adding noise
5m 28s
10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
7m 8s
11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
8m 10s
12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
6m 47s
8. ### 30. The Blur Gallery

44m 30s
1. Blur Gallery
1m 36s
2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
5m 29s
3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
4m 57s
4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
6m 15s
5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
3m 52s
6. Using the Selection Bleed option
7m 29s
7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
6m 59s
8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
4m 35s
9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
3m 18s
9. ### 31. Blend Modes

1h 34m
1. Blend Modes
1m 16s
2. Using the Dissolve mode
9m 47s
3. Multiply and the darken modes
8m 30s
4. Screen and the lighten modes
8m 10s
5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
6m 38s
6. Blending inside blend modes
6m 55s
7. Overlay and the contrast modes
6m 53s
8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
9m 7s
9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
5m 5s
10. Capturing the differences between images
4m 18s
11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
4m 45s
12. Blend mode shortcuts
6m 21s
13. The Fill Opacity Eight
8m 57s
14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
8m 8s
10. ### 32. Color Range and Quick Mask

44m 20s
1. Color Range
1m 14s
2. Introducing the Color Range command
7m 24s
3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
5m 49s
4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
7m 4s
5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
4m 24s
6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
5m 39s
7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
8m 5s
8. Turning a layer into a knockout
4m 41s
11. ### 33. Refine Edge and Layer Masks

59m 43s
1. Refine Edges
1m 28s
2. Laying down a base layer mask
6m 49s
3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
7m 57s
4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
4m 42s
5. Using the Refine Radius tool
7m 31s
6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
3m 37s
7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
10m 58s
8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
10m 37s
9. Bolstering and integrating hair
6m 4s
12. ### 34. The Pen Tool

1h 18m
1. The Pen tool
1m 50s
2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
6m 45s
3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
6m 57s
4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
6m 10s
5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
5m 27s
6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
5m 36s
7. Customizing a geometric shape
5m 53s
8. How to position points and control handles
7m 7s
9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
8m 7s
10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
5m 21s
11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
6m 21s
12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
6m 8s
13. Using the Convert Point tool
6m 43s

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