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The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom


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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

with Deke McClelland

Video: The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom

Let's now end our blow by blow look at the blur and averaging functions here inside Photoshop with an examination of the radial blur filter. It's actually a really great function as it turns out. It's an old one and it yearly needs to be updated. I wish it to be updated because there is so much you could do with it that would be so cool but it's still good it's still great actually I should say. They have the little bit of a pain in the neck so I will show it to you Ctrl+Alt+C, Ctrl+Alt+C or Command+Option+C, Command+Option+C a couple of times in order to undo the motion blur effect and then undo the surface blur effect.
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  1. 1h 15m
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 5s
    2. Selecting glass and water
      5m 23s
    3. Establishing a base layer
      4m 0s
    4. The Color Range command
      6m 45s
    5. Selecting sparkles
      3m 19s
    6. Setting sparkles to Screen
      4m 19s
    7. Selecting and compositing hair
      2m 59s
    8. When Color Range falls short
      7m 25s
    9. Selecting a base channel
      4m 25s
    10. Enhancing the channel's contrast
      4m 4s
    11. Dodging the highlights
      5m 55s
    12. Putting the mask in play
      3m 20s
    13. Reducing the edge fringes
      4m 21s
    14. Adding a layer mask
      4m 53s
    15. Creating a gradient quick mask
      5m 26s
    16. Blurring the layer mask
      5m 51s
    17. And that's just the beginning...
      1m 15s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Edge-enhancement parlor tricks
      1m 30s
    2. The subterfuge of sharpness
      3m 14s
    3. The single-shot sharpness
      3m 47s
    4. Unsharp Mask
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      4m 31s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 14s
    7. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 25s
    8. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      6m 23s
    10. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 4s
    11. Leave More Accurate off!
      2m 29s
    12. Turn More Accurate on
      2m 58s
    13. The Advanced options
      5m 17s
    14. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 18s
    15. Accounting for camera shake
      6m 0s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Why the heck would you blur?
      1m 20s
    2. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      7m 16s
    3. The Linear Box Blur
      2m 58s
    4. Median and its badly named progeny
      6m 3s
    5. Surface Blur and the rest
      5m 36s
    6. The Motion Blur filter
      3m 2s
    7. The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom
      5m 55s
    8. The Captain Kirk-in-love effect
      6m 50s
    9. Averaging skin tones
      6m 2s
    10. Addressing the stubborn patches
      6m 0s
    11. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      4m 8s
    12. Blurring surface details
      7m 2s
    13. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      7m 52s
    14. Reducing digital noise
      8m 22s
    15. Smoothing out JPEG artifacts
      6m 1s
  4. 45m 28s
    1. Behold, the layered composition
      1m 13s
    2. The Layers palette
      5m 8s
    3. Enlarging the hand
      4m 40s
    4. Erasing with a layer mask
      6m 28s
    5. Moving a layer
      4m 3s
    6. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      4m 42s
    7. Hair and stacking order
      6m 12s
    8. Adding a frame and expanding the canvas
      6m 2s
    9. Adding a vignette
      7m 0s
  5. 42m 27s
    1. Organization: It sounds dull, but it rocks
      1m 8s
    2. The terrible battle
      3m 3s
    3. Assembling the base composition
      5m 46s
    4. Adding adjustment layers
      4m 55s
    5. Creating a layer group
      2m 24s
    6. Grouping selected layers
      3m 13s
    7. Making the TV lines
      4m 17s
    8. Introducing layer comps
      5m 52s
    9. Saving your own layer comps
      6m 40s
    10. Final footnotes
      5m 9s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 4s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 44s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 35s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      5m 38s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      5m 52s
    7. The darkening modes
      6m 12s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with the Fill value
      3m 53s
    9. Saving a blended state
      2m 54s
    10. The lightening modes
      4m 55s
    11. The contrast modes
      7m 13s
    12. The comparative modes
      7m 25s
    13. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 2s
    14. The brush-only modes
      8m 11s
    15. Blending groups
      7m 10s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. At this point, there is a great shift...
      59s
    2. Messing with the masters
      2m 28s
    3. Scaling a layer to fit a composition
      6m 39s
    4. Merging clock face and cardinal
      2m 2s
    5. Rotating the minute hand
      7m 42s
    6. Replaying the last transformation
      3m 50s
    7. Second hand and shadows
      5m 0s
    8. Series duplication
      3m 23s
    9. Skews and perspective-style distortions
      6m 43s
    10. The envelope-style Warp function
      7m 32s
    11. Introducing the Liquify command
      5m 9s
    12. Adjusting the brush settings
      4m 2s
    13. Viewing layers and the mesh
      4m 18s
    14. Incrementally undoing undesirable effects
      4m 5s
    15. Twirl, pucker, and bloat
      2m 2s
    16. Push, mirror, and turbulence
      4m 37s
    17. Protecting regions with a mask
      3m 41s
    18. Applying a digital facelift
      10m 53s
    19. Saving and loading mesh settings
      2m 31s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Planes and perspective
      1m 7s
    2. The Blue Gallery
      2m 47s
    3. Introducing Vanishing Point 2.0
      5m 30s
    4. Drawing out perpendicular planes
      6m 54s
    5. Exporting the gridlines to a layer
      4m 45s
    6. Cloning an image from one plane to another
      7m 58s
    7. Blending the image into its new home
      6m 31s
    8. Healing away the sockets
      7m 48s
    9. Importing a new image
      6m 20s
    10. Masking and shading the image
      7m 27s
    11. Flat in, perspective out
      5m 57s
    12. Adding perspective type
      4m 50s
    13. Swinging planes to custom angles
      6m 2s
    14. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      4m 35s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      54s
    2. Creating an independent text layer
      6m 39s
    3. Editing vector-based text
      6m 38s
    4. Working with area text
      6m 15s
    5. Resizing the text frame
      6m 4s
    6. Obscure but important formatting options
      7m 25s
    7. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      9m 38s
    8. Adding a ghostly cast shadow
      6m 19s
    9. Backlighting the text
      2m 48s
    10. Creating type on a path
      7m 37s
    11. Pasting text along the bottom of a circle
      3m 50s
    12. Flip and baseline shift
      3m 15s
    13. Warping text
      3m 58s
    14. Scaling the warped text to taste
      4m 18s
  10. 1m 11s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 11s

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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
10h 47m Intermediate Apr 16, 2007

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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.

Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.

Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding what Photoshop CS3 is and what it can do.
  • Zooming, scrolling, and getting around an image.
  • Making the most of the new-and-improved CS3 interface.
  • Using Adobe Bridge to organize and manage images.
  • Saving workspaces for maximum comfort and efficiency.
  • Correcting colors using the Variations and Hue/Saturation commands.
  • Taking on the professional-grade luminance editors, Levels and Curves.
  • Resampling an image and selecting an interpolation setting.
  • Cropping and straightening a photograph.
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom

Let's now end our blow by blow look at the blur and averaging functions here inside Photoshop with an examination of the radial blur filter. It's actually a really great function as it turns out. It's an old one and it yearly needs to be updated. I wish it to be updated because there is so much you could do with it that would be so cool but it's still good it's still great actually I should say. They have the little bit of a pain in the neck so I will show it to you Ctrl+Alt+C, Ctrl+Alt+C or Command+Option+C, Command+Option+C a couple of times in order to undo the motion blur effect and then undo the surface blur effect.

I am going to click on the Layers palette and make sure that the 3 BL layer is active which it wasn't so that was a good thing I checked. And I am going to go ahead and apply two different variations of the radial blur filter to these two side by side rectangles here these two side by side layers. One is spin and one is zoom as it turns out. It's almost like they are two totally different filters. So go up to the Filter menu choose Blur and then I want you to choose Radial Blur right there and it brings up this dialog box so it's a little frustrating.

In that there is no preview outside the dialog box there is no preview inside the dialog box all you have is this Blur Center function. I am going to go ahead and stick with the Spin function, which spin things around the center point and I am going to take this value. Notice this I am pressing Shift up arrow and it doesn't work. You actually have to manually adjust this option here. That's how old this filter is. You could also enter a value if you want to but it really hasn't be touched since the Photoshop equivalent of the Stone Age. There are a lot of things got updated in starting about Photoshop 3 with previews and with up and down arrow control and all this other stuff.

And Radial Blur dismissed the boat there, but very powerful function as I say so blur method will leave set to spin you can see what it's going to do and quality you can set between draft which will be pretty noisy, good which has a little bit of noise and then best which has the least amount of noise associated with it. They are all a little bit noisy. Though as it turns out best is awfully slow, also so I would typically stick with good. I mean on modern machines draft isn't all that much faster than good so I might as well just stick with good and of course they are going to slow down when you are working on larger and larger images.

Alright notice that you can you can drag this blur center around if you want to. I am going to leave it set pretty much where it was because I don't want to damage the fact that it was nice and centered even though I already have. There is no way to snap it right back to the middle there. I wish it was. Anyway I am going to move that to the center and you will see that it's not working from the center of the layer it's going to be working from the center of the entire image so I will click OK and you will notice of course that it spins with respect as I said from the center of the image.

So we get this Radial Blur going around like this. That's okay I guess it's kind of interesting but it's not what I am looking for. What if you want to spin the layer around its own center point, well you could monkey around with that center control which is a real hit or miss proposition I mean you are just going to hunting and packing for a while to figure out where exactly you should put that center point because you have no context for it. You are working inside of, I will go ahead and show you again. We are working inside of a square that's kind of a problem and our image is rectangular and we have no idea where everything fits in respect to this square we don't know if it stretches out.

I don't know what's going on with this. So anyway go ahead and cancel out of that. I will show you the better way to work. I will undo the application of Radial Blur on this bottom left image. I will go over to the Layers palette. I am going to have to click on 3BL to make it active again because undoing the operation send me back to 2TR top right here and now I am going to load the selection outline that's associated with this layer by Control or Command clicking on the thumbnails, so just go ahead and Control or Command click, control click on a PC command click on a Mac on this layer thumbnail right there and now go back to the Filter menu and just choose Radial Blur you don't have to do anything else just choose the command or you can press Ctrl+F and notice that it goes ahead and blurs inside centered inside the selection outline.

Alright now it doesn't violate the edges of the selection outline which it would if we deselected the image and took the time to figure out exactly where the center point needs to be. But you can do that on your own time if you are interested in figuring that up because it's really as I said I have nothing to give you there. It's just you know it's just hunt and pack so I am going to go ahead and press Ctrl+D or Command+D in order to deselect that layer then I am going to go back to the Layers palette click on 4BR and then control click on it or command click on the 4BR thumbnail in order to load its selection outline.

Now I am going to go ahead and press F7 to hide that palette and then I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac in order to reload the Radial Blur dialog box. I am going to click on Zoom in order to zoom the image outward from the center point. Instead of spinning it we are going to zoom it toward the viewer. Now a value of 30 resulted in a relatively large spin blur here. But it results in a pretty small zoom blur as it turns out so let's just go ahead and maximize this value take it all the way up to a 100 and then click OK in order to zoom the image and there you have it.

Once again it went ahead and centered inside this selection outline and although there is not really any reason to do it let's just go ahead and compare this to the Gaussian Blur and Box Blur functions. Here is Gaussian Blur and Box Blur right there at the top of this image and then if I press the End key here is this Spin Radial Blur variation and here is this Zoom Radial Blur variation. Alright, enough analysis already. Let's see some creative applications starting in the next exercise which is a little thing I like to call the Captain Kirk in Love effect and it turns out to be a really practical effect.

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