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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
Photoshop has a number of different ways to add creative blurs or selective focus to your image. So here in Bridge I'll use the context sensitive menus, right mouse click on Windows or control click on Mac and then chose place in Photoshop. That will then open the document, and convert that background into a smart object. So now I can add my filter in a non destructive manner. Under the Filter menu I'll select Blur and then we can choose any one of these first three blurs. They will all display the same dialogue, so I'll go ahead and start with tilt shift, but you can see over here on the right I have the tilt shift, the iris blur and the field blur options.
Now the tilt shift blur the center pin I can click on and then drag in order to reposition it. Outside of the center pin we have this dial where I can dial in or dial out the amount of blur. And if you notice on the right hand side in the panel, I'm moving the Blur slider with this dial. So, obviously either one of them will work. I can use the slider here, or I can use the dial on the on-screen controls. All right, a little bit further away we have our first solid white line The distance between the pin and this line, there will be no blur applied whatsoever.
Then, between the first line and the dotted line, that's the fade range. That's where Photoshop starts adding the amount of blur. So it adds a little bit, and then more and more as it moves away. By the time it get's to the dotted line the blur is applied at it's full strength. We can reposition these independently so I can move the solid line. And I can also move the dotted line now. And of course we can move them on either side of the pin. I can also position my cursor on top of the white dot if I want to rotate, the angle here.
But one thing to know is, if these dots are really close to the center, it becomes kind of hard to control how you're rotating it. So a nice feature that you might not know about is, if you click and hold down your mouse anywhere in between the dotted line and the solid line, you can then rotate here. And you can see I can rotate much more smoothly If I drag further away from that center point. But if you simply click anywhere out here in between these two lines, you'll actually add a second tilt shift blur, so if you don't want that, you can just tap the Delete key in order to remove it, and then to access the original one, we just need to click on the pen icon.
Over in the palette we also have an option for distortion. So let me just move this up a little bit so that we can see the distortion here in the foreground. If I add 100% you can see that the distortion moves in one direction. If I go negative it's going to go in the other direction. And by default the distortion is only being applied in the foreground but I can't turn on the symmetric distortion in which case I'll also get distortion here in the background. Now, I know that sounds a little weird to have a foreground or a background, you can always think about it as one side or the other of the Tilt-Shift.
And of course, if don't want any distortion we can set that back to 0 and turn Off the Symmetric Distortion. So that's the way that you achieve a tilt-shift blur in Photoshop. I'm going to uncheck that and then I will click where it says Iris Blur. That's going to toggle on the iris blur. Again, we have the same pin in the center so I can reposition the iris blur. I can increase or decrease the amout of the blur by using the on screen controls or we can use the slider over in the panel.
And I can increase or decrease the size of the blur by positioning my cursor anywhere on top of the white outline there and just dragging a larger circle. If I wanted to change this from a circle to a more square area. I can click on the square here and then start dragging out. You can see how it becomes more of a rectangle. I can also rotate this, by positioning my cursor over one of the smaller squares and then clicking and dragging. And then the fade range in this blur happens between the white dot and the outer solid line.
So there's no blur happening between the center point or the pin and the first initial white dot. All of the blur is happening between the white dot and the white line. So let me reposition this in the center of my image for a moment. And we'll make this a little bit larger, so that we can see what happens when I move the white circles in toward the center. So now the blur is going to start much more quickly. In fact, we'll add a bigger blur to make sure that we can see that. So now the blur will start right here. See as I move it out, we can control exactly where that blur starts and where it ends.
But there might be some times when you want to move each one of these. Independently. If you hold down the Option key, you'll notice that I can click and drag, that would be the Alt key on Windows, and then I can reposition each one of these independently. Go ahead and scoot that over. An that's how you would create your iris blur. Course you can always add a secondary blur, by just positioning your cursor, outside of the initial blur, an clicking to set down another pen.
I'll tap the Delete key to remove that. An we'll also delete this one. And then we'll move over to the Field Blur. I'll click where it says Field Blur in the Blur tools area. And the thing about this blur is that it's meant to be used in combination with other blurs. My concern is that people come in here, it's the first blur on the list, they look, they say hm. It adds a blur and then they click away and they never use it again. But if I set this blur in the upper left and then I click again, and I reduce the amount of blur on this field blur and then we add another one up here and we increase the effect. Maybe we add another one down here And we decrease the effect. You can see that every single pin that I set down can have its own amount of blur. And if I hold down the M key, we can actually see the mask that Photoshop is creating.
So here, in the center, because this blur is set to none, we've got the mask at black. And then it's going to radiate out in between all of the other pins. So any time that I want to change the amount of blur, you can see that the mass is dynamically changing. I change position we can watch it update, and if I click on a different pin And then change the amount of blur. We can watch that update as well. If I let go of the M key then we will be returned from the mask to the preview of the image.
If I tap the P key that toggles on and off the preview, and if I hold down the H key that will hide the interface, and if I release the H key, we can see the interface again. So all three of those shortcuts, the m for mask and the h to hide and show and the p for preview. Those actually work in all three of the different blurs. And of course you can use these blurs in combination with one another so I could also select to add an iris blur and use the disclosure triangle there and access those options. Now, it's a little hard to tell that they're working in combination here, but if I were to position this maybe somewhere else in the image, and then tap the m key, we can see that this mask is being added to the mask below it. I'll tap the Delete key to delete that.
And then I'll click the OK in order to apply that filter. Because we were working on the smart object, of course we have the option here to change those attributes at any time by double-clicking on Blur gallery. We can also go in and mask this out with the Smart Filter Mask to paint in and out this effect. So there you are, three non-destructive ways to add selective focus to your photograph, in order to help you lead the viewer's eye where you want it to go.
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