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Modifying your Field Blur settings

From: Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Modifying your Field Blur settings

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.

Modifying your Field Blur settings

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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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      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. 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
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      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. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      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. 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. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 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
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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