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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview
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The Iris Blur filter


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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

with Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann

Video: The Iris Blur filter

A selective blur can really help focus your attention on a particular subject, and remove some of the distracting elements from a photo. For example here, I would like to focus your attention on the horse and rider and perhaps downplay just a little bit the texture of the waves. And I'm going to use a blur to achieve that effect. Specifically using the new Iris Blur in Photoshop CS6. I'll start off by creating a copy of my background image layer, by dragging the thumbnail for the background image layer, down to the create new layer button. The blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel.
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 24m 48s
    1. Interface update
      1m 41s
    2. Panel updates
      4m 0s
    3. File compatibility preferences
      1m 57s
    4. PDF presentation
      4m 2s
    5. Contact sheets
      4m 24s
    6. Tool recording in actions
      3m 34s
    7. Print dialog updates
      5m 10s
  3. 9m 10s
    1. Adobe Camera Raw updates
      5m 27s
    2. Auto Brightness/Contrast adjustments
      1m 36s
    3. The new Auto option for Curves and Levels
      2m 7s
  4. 28m 6s
    1. Crop tool overhaul
      6m 41s
    2. The Perspective Crop tool
      3m 5s
    3. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 31s
    4. Patch tool updates
      4m 45s
    5. The Content-Aware Move tool
      5m 45s
    6. The Detect Faces option
      2m 19s
  5. 18m 44s
    1. The Oil Paint filter
      2m 51s
    2. Airbrush tips
      2m 24s
    3. Erodible brush tips
      2m 28s
    4. The Field Blur filter
      3m 51s
    5. The Iris Blur filter
      3m 25s
    6. The Tilt-Shift filter
      3m 45s
  6. 7m 29s
    1. Paragraph and character styles
      4m 50s
    2. Vector layers
      2m 39s
  7. 22m 16s
    1. The Timeline panel
      2m 35s
    2. Video groups and arranging clips
      1m 55s
    3. Trimming and splitting clips and adding transitions
      4m 25s
    4. Creating a transformation with layers
      2m 45s
    5. Adding and animating pictures
      2m 48s
    6. Applying adjustments and filters to frames or whole videos
      4m 24s
    7. Exporting video
      3m 24s
  8. 43m 16s
    1. Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow
      5m 12s
    2. Improved viewport navigation
      4m 55s
    3. Splitting, rotating, and aligning extrusions
      7m 43s
    4. 3D materials and rendering
      5m 45s
    5. Advanced 3D features
      8m 24s
    6. Live extrusions and shadows and reflections in the viewport
      5m 9s
    7. Painting on target textures
      6m 8s

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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview
2h 35m Intermediate May 21, 2012

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In this course, Adobe Photoshop experts Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann look at the new features available in Photoshop CS6 and show you how to incorporate them into your workflow. They take you on a tour of the interface, which has a new look and different controls in some of the panels, and introduce you to all the new features in areas like adjustments, image cleanup, creative effects, text and graphics, video, and 3D.

Topics include:
  • General and interface updates
  • Adjustment updates
  • Image cleanup updates
  • Creative updates
  • Text and graphics updates
  • Working with video
  • 3D updates
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Authors:
Tim Grey Olaf Giermann

The Iris Blur filter

A selective blur can really help focus your attention on a particular subject, and remove some of the distracting elements from a photo. For example here, I would like to focus your attention on the horse and rider and perhaps downplay just a little bit the texture of the waves. And I'm going to use a blur to achieve that effect. Specifically using the new Iris Blur in Photoshop CS6. I'll start off by creating a copy of my background image layer, by dragging the thumbnail for the background image layer, down to the create new layer button. The blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel.

I'll then go to the filter menu and choose Blur followed by Iris Blur. Now you'll notice that we have a control in the center of the image now, and this allows us to control the behavior of the blur that we're applying. Over on the blur's tools panel you'll see that we have a degree of Blur. But we can also adjust the blur slider, using the circular control in the middle of the set of controls here, directly on the image. I'll start off with a strong blur, just so that we can get a better sense of the other adjustments here. Now of course the blur is currently focused on the center of the image. If I want to focus it on the horse, then I can click in the center to drag this control over to the horse itself.

I can then fine tune the overall size and rotation and angle of this blur circle, of this ellipse that is defining which area of the image will be blurred. I'll go ahead and fine tune the left and right edges, as well as the top and bottom. Essentially, in circling the horse and rider here, trying to make sure we have a good overall definition of this area. I might, for example, spread out the edge of the blur itself. The edge of the are that's going to left as a sharp portion of the image, and then drag that transition in just a little bit.

So, I can continue fine tuning the area that will be blurred, versus the area that won't be blurred, and of course continue fine tuning the blur effect. I'll get the controls positioned just right, and then we can fine tune. I actually don't need too strong a blur effect, in fact too strong of an effect in this case, might look a little bit odd. I'm not really trying to create an especially creative interpretation of the photo, I just want this natural blending so that your eye naturally moves toward the area that is sharp. I'll reduce that blur just a little bit more, You can see that the effect is actually quite strong out toward the edges.

I'll turn off the Preview, and then turn it back on again. And you can see that while it's not a tremendous blur, it is having a reasonably strong effect on that texture in the waves. I'll go ahead and fine tune that in just a little bit. Okay, that looks to be a pretty good effect. And once again, toggling the Preview checkbox off and then on, we can get a better sense of the overall final effect, that looks to be pretty good. I can also, if I'd like, save the mask for this blur as a channel, in other words, as a saved selection. I'm also going to turn on the High Quality checkbox just to make sure that I get the best results overall.

But otherwise I think we're in good shape here. I'll go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply that blur. Now again, I applied it on a separate layer, so I can turn the visibility of that background copy layer off, and then on, to get a better sense of that overall effect. And now that the controls are gone, you get a better idea of that transition. So, we have a nice smooth transition from the areas that were left in focus to the areas that were blurred.

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