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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to focus in on another blur effect. This one is a lot of fun. It's called Tilt-Shift. And it has its roots in traditional photography whether working with a large format camera or specific lens, yet now it shows up everywhere in camera phone apps and also in Photoshop. So to start off with this technique let's duplicate our Background layer. This time let's do so by clicking-and-dragging it to the New layer icon and then double-click in the layer name, and let's name this layer blur. Next, we'll go to our good old Filter pulldown menu and then choose Blur and then select Tilt-Shift.
What Tilt-Shift allows us to do is to dial in blur or focus into specific areas. Currently, you can see we have one adjustment here on the image, you'll notice that it has a similar icon allowing me to increase or decrease the overall blur effect in the background. I'm going to increase it for a moment for demonstration purposes. Well, here if I hover over these lines you can see how it's changing the reach of this blur, I can either make that more compact, less of a transition, or click-and-drag to increase that.
I can also click on this icon here in order to rotate the blur or to stretch this out so that I have more out of focus in the foreground here and less and then more in focus in the background. So we can use these little icons to really customize the way that this blur is going to affect our image. Over in the panel you'll notice we have some controls. We have controls which allow us to change the distortion of the blur area; you can see how that's modifying the overall shape. If you look at the street down here in particular you can see how it's changing that area and a lot of times when things become blurry, or they have some sort of distortion, the more the blur the more of the distortion the less you can see how it will remove that.
So as you work with these controls just know that these two while they work in unison with each other. But what might we like to do with a photograph like this? Well, what I want to do is I want to create a little slice of focus which is really targeting this car here, this taxi in London that I captured. And I captured this while I was riding around in one of those buses where you can sit on top of the bus; I just like the graphic nature of this picture. So I'm just going to dial this in here and then decrease that Blur amount, I don't want to be quite so strong.
Then I also want to try to create a little bit more of a transition here. So I'm just going to look to try to get this in this spot where I like it so our focus is really leading into that car and by changing these controls you can see again that we're changing really the mood and expression in this photograph. Press the H key to hide all of those controls and/or you can also click on the Preview button to look at your before and then after. Now you can also add more than one point here. I could click over here on the right side of the image and then go ahead and rotate this if I want to create a little bit of focus on the side of the picture.
So in doing that you can see how we can control this little area of focus. You can see now that this is cutting through that other area so that what I have is I have the slice of focus perhaps which is coming down towards this pedestrian over here. So now I have focus which is almost taking on the shape. It goes across the image and then up towards the top. Well with this photograph I don't think that really works, but it is interesting to see how you can set all of these different points. To delete a point which you've added, we'll, just press Delete or Backspace and it will then remove that.
Once you've dialed in the exact effect how you want it, the next step is to click OK that will then apply or render this effect to your layer and here we have it before and then after. We've now successfully added this really intriguing Tilt-Shift blur effect.
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