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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 two additional blurs in the Blur Gallery, in order to help us create motion in our images. The Spin Blur is an excellent way to create a circular spin, to emulate the rotation of a wheel for example. Or it can be used in very creative ways, like we're going to do to, make this insect's wings to appear as if they're moving. The Path Blur is an excellent way to either emulate the motion blur that you can get in camera, or you can use it in very creative ways in order to create more painterly and artistic looking images.
So let's start with the Spin Blur, but before I select it, I need to convert this for a smart filter, so that we can then selectively paint in and out the blur, after we apply it. Then, I'll choose Filter, Blur Gallery and Spin Blur. As soon as we select it, Photoshop creates a default ellipse. We can use the pin in the center of the ellipse in order to reposition it. And we can use the blur ring in order to determine the amount of blur, or the blur angle.
Course we can also set that over here, in our Options area. In order to resize the ellipse, we can simply click and drag out on the borders of the ellipse. If I want to reshape or rotate the ellipse, then I click on the smaller white dot. And you can see how I can pull this out to elongate it and then also rotate it. In order to change the fade range, I can click on the feather handles and drag them in or out.
Now I can't move these independently, but what I can do is hold down the Option key, and actually change or drag to move the rotation point. So we can get some very, very interesting effects that way. Now I have a little bit too much of a blur angle on this, so I'm going to decrease the amount so that I can still see the wings. I just want to add a little bit of motion to them. And I'm going to reposition this right about here. And then, I'll tap Return or Enter in order to apply that.
By the way, I forgot to mention of course, if we were working with a car, or something, you can add multiple spin blurs to the same image. One for each of the wheels. Now, in this case, I don't want the entire insect to look like it's spinning. So I'm going to select my paintbrush by tapping the b key. And I'll select the Smart Filter mask. And then, by painting with black, I can paint out the blur over the body of the insect, as well as the flower.
And if I paint too far, meaning that I'm hiding too much of the blur I can tap the x key to exchange my foreground and background color, and then just paint in that blur wherever I want it. And because I made this a smart object before we added the smart filter, if I wanted to make any changes to it I could simply double-click where it says Blur Gallery. But I like this effect for now, so let's go ahead and switch to this image. Again, I will convert this for Smart Filters. And now we're going to select Blur Gallery, and then the Path Blur.
A path is automatically set in the image with two in points, and this path determines the direction of the blur. You'll notice I can click on one of those in points, and then I can move it around in my image, in order to change this direction. If I want to change the amount of blur or the speed of the blur, I can use the slider here in order to increase or decrease the speed. You'll notice that in the center of the path, there's another point. If I click and I drag this, you can see that I can adjust the shape of the path.
And in fact I can click anywhere along the path, in order to add additional points in order to change the shape. If I don't want a point all I have to do is have that point selected, and I know that it is because it's got the filled center, and then tap the Delete key. So, so far we've only determined the direction of the blur and the speed of the blur, but we haven't altered the shape of the blur itself. I'm going to click on one of the endpoints here. You'll notice that I can actually change the endpoint speed independently for each of these points.
But I'm going to double click on the endpoint and that is going to show or display the red blur shape guides. Now, I can use these to control the shape of the blur. I can drag out the endpoint, to make it a little bit longer, and I can click on the midpoint then to determine the shape. And I can do this independently for each one of these, or if I hold down the Shift key and I change one of them, you'll notice that they change in tandem.
And here you can see I'm getting some really creative effects and creative blurs applied to my image. And of course I'm not limited by just one blur path. If I decide I want to make a second blur path, I can click here. And then click again to add this path. Now you'll notice that it's going to continue to draw the path until I end it. So I only need these two points. So I'm going to return back to the endpoint here, and when I see this little icon, I'll click again, and that adds the endpoint.
So now I can change, not only the direction, but also the shape of that blur. Of course, if I don't want this, I can tap the Delete key in order to delete that path. Now, if I click on this path over here, you'll notice that I'm under the Basic Blur option, but I also have an option for a Rear Sync Flash. So what we've done previously were more creative effects. If I want to emulate what can be done traditionally in camera, I might want to select this option.
Then I'm going to increase the Speed. And you can see the Trail right here. I might want to decrease the Taper amount. And I want to make sure that the Center Blur is off. Because if I'm trying to do a rear sync flash effect, I want to make sure that we're getting a directional blur. And that it appears as if the image has been frozen with that flash. If we turn this on, you can see that I've got the flash happening like right directly in the center of the exposure, as opposed to biasing it towards the end of the exposure.
Down here in the Motion Blur Effects, I might want to increase the Strobe effect just a little bit to get a little bit clearer of an image. And I'll leave the Strobe Flashes to one, but it is interesting to play around with this number. You can get some really unique effects. Alright, once we've got this the way we like it, we'll go ahead and click OK. And because I converted my image into a smart object, this has been applied as a smart filter. Which enables me to go in and re-edit any of the parameters at any time by clicking on Blur Gallery.
Or Mask in or out the blur in any location in the image, by using the smart filter mask.
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