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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Photoshop comes with so many different plug-ins, and the challenge of course is to figure out which plug-ins are relevant to your own workflow, and as a photographer working with Blur and Focus, well it's essential. It's how we get people into our photographs to look at different elements. And here with this picture, what I want to do is I want to blur out some of the elements, so that the viewer focuses more in on this range of the photograph. Well to that, I want to show you another blur that we can use, and also how we can combine that with a different blur which we've used previously.
Okay well let's go ahead and copy the Background layer just to keep this simple. We'll do that by pressing Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows, and we'll name this new layer, blur. Next, navigate to that Filter pulldown menu. Here we're going to Blur, and then this time we're choosing Iris Blur. What Iris Blur allows us to do is to add a point on our image, which we can then change. You can click and drag to change its shape, so that it's an oval which is either horizontal or vertical. You can also change the corners when you click on this square icon.
Here I can make this more of a rectangle or more of an oval. Well what I want to do, as I mentioned before, is I want to have a blur, which keeps the focus in on the subject. So I'll click-and-drag this out in order to extend this a little bit. You'll notice we also have these inner dots. What are those? Well those control how close or how far that transition area is. If we want the blur to start taking place right here, well we poll those out. If we wanted to extend further, again we can change the shape, and by doing this we can really control the type of blur that we have, either by repositioning it or by using any of these different points.
Next I want to decrease the Blur amount here. That's a little bit too intense, so I'll go ahead and diminish that. Well this I'm liking. It's just subtly backing off the background a little bit. It makes it a bit more out of focus, yet still I want to bring the focus more up to this area. Well you can combine any of these Blur tools together Field, Iris or Tilt-Shift, which we'll talk about in the next movie. But for now let's combine Iris and Field together. Click on this check box to add a Field Blur and then open up the dialog for those controls.
Well here what I want to do is I want a blur down, perhaps a little bit lower here by the subject and I'll decrease the Blur a little bit. Next I'm going to click on the subject's face and I'm going to remove the blur altogether. So now what I have are these two blurs which are coming together. I'm going to bring this one up a little bit more there. With both of these tools together, it allows me to change the way this image really feels. Press the H key to hide those little nodes and you can see that the focus now is really on this area of the picture.
We're able to accomplish that pretty quickly by using these two Blur tools together. You can click on a checkbox to turn off one of the Blur tools, and you can also go back and modify them by simply opening up that channel and then you can see how you can modify those controls. All right! Well now that we've dialed in this blur, the next thing we need to do is to simply apply it. To do that, click OK and. That will then render or apply that blur really quickly to your layer, and if we zoom in, you can see our before and now our after.
We're able to create more focus on this area of the subject. You can always lower the opacity of these layers as well, if you want to soften this affect a little bit more. So it's a bit more of a glow or subtle type of a blur, or crank it all the way up to leave it all there.
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