Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur, part of Photoshop: Creative Effects and Filters (2012).
Certain filters in Photoshop get a reputation as being intended for a …particular task but they can often be used for a wide variety of different …creative effects. The Surface Blur Filter is just such a filter. …It is used mostly for retouching portraits, because it does a great job of …smoothing out skin textures without smoothing out everything else in the …photo making it look out of focus. But you can also use Surface Blur to …produce an interesting sort of ethereal look in a photo. …Let's take a look at how it's done. I'll start off by creating a copy of my …background image layer, by dragging the thumbnail for that layer down to the …Create New Layer button down at the bottom of the layers panel, and then I'll …choose Filter > Blur and then Surface Blur, from the menu.…
That will bring up a very basic dialog, we just have a radius and a threshold. …The radius controls the size of the Blur effect, in other words how far out from …each pixel that's being blurred should we apply that Blur. …
- Working with the Filter Gallery
- Creating a black-and-white effect
- Applying a vignette
- Adding motion blur
- Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
- Smearing with Liquify
- Mapping the image with Trace Contour
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effectswith Chris Orwig4h 57m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositingwith Chris Orwig4h 41m Intermediate
1. Creative Fundamentals
2. Simple Effects
3. Basic Filter Effects
4. Slightly Wild Effects
5. Distorting the Image
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