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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
In this movie, I'll show you how to modify your Field Blur settings after you apply them. So right now we're in a pretty tenuous spot. My image is looking pretty good, but if I scroll down here, I can see that this pavement edge is in sharper focus than I would like, and Colleen's arm is too blurry, and so forth. And then if I scroll up to the top of the image, I can see that the sky isn't blurry enough. So I want to modify my settings, but I just applied static adjustment to a flat image, which was a really bad idea.
So, what I want to do at this point is press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac to undo that modification, and then I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Option+J in order to create a copy of my image, and I'll call it "field blur" and then click OK. That way the original image is still safe. Now, instead of going to the Filter menu and choosing Blur and choosing Field Blur, which would wipe out my previous settings, I'm going to take advantage of the fact that the Blur Gallery was the last filter I applied.
So that means I can apply that same filter with new settings by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac, and then I will see all of my pins here inside the image. All right, I am going to press Ctrl+0 to zoom out, and then I'll zoom back in again. And now let's make some further modifications. Now, I want to scroll down using the scroll wheel on my mouse, but if I do that, because the Blur value is highlighted, I'll actually scroll down my Radius value, and that's not what I want, so I'll go ahead an scroll it back up. I need to deselect this guy right here, and you do that by Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking on it. Then I'll scroll down to the bottom of the image, and I'll click to set a few new points.
Now, by the way, you may find that you accidentally click to set a point and you don't like that pin. Then to get rid of it, the active pin right there, press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac. If you want to get rid of all your pins, then you go up to this option and click on it, but be very sure that's what you want to do, because you'll get rid of every single pin in the image. All right, now I am going to set a couple of pins down over here, so I'll set one at this location and another here, and that'll ensure that that pavement is nice and blurry.
And then I'll set a pin inside Colleen's arm and I'll dial it down to 0, because that wants to be in focus. And this edge of the glove is getting a little out of focus as well, so I'll click to set a pin there and drag its value down as well. And now this edge of her arm is looking to me like it should be in better focus, so I'll click right about there and dial down the blur value to 0. Unfortunately, and fairly predictably, that ends up sharpening the focus of some of the water, so I'll click to set another blurry pin at this location. All right, now let's go ahead and scroll up here so that we can see the very top of the image.
And now I want to make the sky blurrier, so I'll click right there to set a pin, and I'll drag it up to a value of 25, is what I am looking for, and I'll click to set another very blurry pinpoint right there, and I'll drag it up to 25. And notice, if you want more control, you can move your cursor farther away from the pin, and that way small movements won't make such a difference. And now I'll click there, and I'll go ahead and start dragging inside the ring and then move my cursor farther out in order to get exactly 25, which is what I am looking for.
That makes this section of the bridge too blurry, so I'll go ahead and set a new blur point. It comes in by default at 15, and that's just fine. Okay, a couple of more tricks you might want to know about. I will go ahead and scroll the image back up here so it's more or less centered. If you want to hide all the pins, you can press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac; to bring them back, you press Ctrl+H or Command+H again. If you want to hide the pins temporarily, you press and hold the H key. So as long as the H key is down, the pins are hidden; if you release the H key, then the pins come back.
Then finally, you can press the P key to turn off that Preview checkbox up there at the top of the screen, and then if you want to turn the preview back on, you just press the P key again. All right, now, let's say I make a modification. I'm thinking this area along the left side of Colleen's face is not quite blurry enough, so I'm going to go ahead and drag this pin in. If you think better of your adjustment after you make it, you do have one undo. So you can press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that change, and then you can press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to redo that change.
That is a little too close now, so I'll just drag it out until we get to a position where we have a nice amount of blur and yet Colleen's eyes, which are the most important element of a portrait shot, remain in focus. All right, so that looks pretty good to me, so I'll go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply my modifications. So there you have it, friends. That's how you apply Field blur nondestructively to a copy of your original image, and how you modify the last settings you applied when using the Blur Gallery.
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