Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining multiple filter effects together, part of Photoshop: Creative Blurring.
Here we're going to continue with this project. And in this case we're going to look at how we can stack up or add other filter effects as a way to experiment or maybe to combine, different filters together. What we need to do is to click off of the mask. If you've targeted the mask you'll see little brackets around it. Go ahead and click onto the Image icon, and you'll see the brackets are now around the image. You want to make sure you're there. Then next, navigate to that Filter pull down menu. Let's go back to our Blur area. And this time we're going to choose a different blur.
Rather than Motion, let's go back to Radial, which we've seen previously. So here it's Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. This will open our Radial Blur dialog. And what we want to do is dial in the amount. Here I'm going to bring this up a little bit. Choose the Method, I'll try Zoom. Quality is at Best. And then we can move this around to try to get it right to where we think it will protect this part of the image, and then we'll click OK. Because we're applying this as a smart filter, we can always change that after the fact.
And what we can see here now is that we're stacking up both of these effects together, we now have Radial and Motion together, and it's the combined result of what we're seeing here on the image. If we want to turn off Motion, let's say we just want to experiment and say, well, what would Radial look like with this image? That actually looks really cool. I almost like that, better I think. Yet, here you can see how you can stack these two up, you can just simply click on those Eye icons. You can turn off Radial if you decide, you don't really like that but you want to go more with this Vertical type of a blur.
Another thing that you can do is add different types of filters. Let me zoom in on this image a little bit. To do so I'll press Cmd+Plus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. One of the things that can happen when you add blur effects is that the blurry area can appear almost too soft. Sometimes it's nice to add a little bit of grain or texture to those areas. Well we can do that by clicking into the Image icon, so make sure you see those brackets there. Then go to the Filter pull-down menu, and choose another option, for example like Noise.
And let's choose, Add Noise. Now when we add noise let me exaggerate for a moment, let me crank this up. You can see that the noise is going to come into this area, where there isn't a mask. In other words it's everywhere where we have white in the little smart filter mask down there. We can choose different types of noise, and what we'll want to do is to choose the noise which is kind of appropriate for the photograph. I think perhaps having Gaussian on monochromatic looks good. As far as our amount, we're going to have a really really small amount. So, I'm just going to click and drag over that word Amount, that allows you to make small little adjustments.
Sometimes, you can add noise and it doesn't look good. Other times, you can just kind of add a little bit of grit over there so it isn't all so smooth and perfect and pretty. All right, well here let's click OK to apply that. And you'll see that's now in the stack of all of the filters which we have in this area. We can turn off Motion Blur and see how we now just have Noise in that area, or we can add Radial Blur and stack up those two as well. This might be a great way to process the image. The whole point here is that you can experiment.
And you can take advantage of this mask which you've built and simply add other effects as well. Like with this one here, I think this type of energy is a little bit more fitting for this moment. I like these two together, the Noise and the Radial Blur. I'm not too keen on the Motion Blur. Now if you don't like one of the effects you can always leave it there. It's not going to do any damage and it can be part of the file as we have here. If you want to further customize any of these, the other thing that I should point out is that, you see this icon over here, which has two lines and two little triangles? If you double-click that it will open up your Blending Options dialog.
Here you can decrease the Opacity if you want that Noise to blend in a little bit more on the photograph, you can drop that down. You can also try on different blending modes. Here we'll try on a Soft Light blending mode, and you can see how that's affecting that background of the image and how that's just happening with that particular filter. It's not the Radial Blur which is having these effects applied, it's only the Noise filter which we added there. Well, in this case, I think it looks better on Normal. But I did just want to point that out, and I'll crank this back up to 100, and then click OK in order to apply those settings.
All right, well there you have it. Our second small project of how we can add energy to our photographs. By working with different types of movement blurs in Photoshop.
- Adding movement and energy to photos
- Creating illustrations
- Enhancing portraits
- Building a book cover with typography and blur
- Improving color
- Crafting an ethereal look
So grab your copy of Photoshop CC and get started taking your imagery to a new creative level.