Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Field Blur in a traditional way, part of Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects.
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Let's take a look at how we can use Field Blur in a traditional and also nontraditional way. We'll start off with this picture here. Next let's press Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows, and let's name this new layer blur. Next navigate to the Filter pulldown menu and here we're going to select Blur > Field Blur. Once we choose field blur you notice it will change the interface and again this looks kind of like we're inside of a plug-in. We have controls on the right to control the blur or focus point and what I want to do is I want to go ahead and bring this up to the top of the image, and I'm going to increase the blur a little bit more.
Next, I'm going to set a point right in the middle of the face, and I'm going to remove the blur from that point. In doing that you can see how this area is in focus whereas the top area is out of focus. If I push this closer to the top, well, it's kind of pushing away that blurry effect. We can also set other points. We could click to set a point on the side of the photograph. I could blur that out and also over here. We can really get precise with where we are positioning these different points so that we can create these different effects.
In this way you can see the focus really is on this part of the face. Yet if we wanted on both of the eyes, well, we can just position one of these on an eye and then add another one to the other eye. As you can see, with this different Field Blur options we have, we can almost build a certain type of focus. Here this is a little bit traditional. Again just adding focus into the eyes yet it's almost impossible to tell if this is any good, because of all these on screen visuals. Well, to hide those press the H key. Think H for hide.
Next, you can click on the Preview icon to see the before and then now after. This is sense just adds a nice mood or feeling to this photograph. To apply these effects just click OK that we'll then apply or render out that blur effect to a new layer so that we can them turn that on and off and see our before and after. Let me zoom in a little bit more closely so you can see that even better. Again, here is before and then now here's after. Well, now that we've seen this in a traditional way let's also take a look at how we can use Field Blur in a nontraditional way, and let's do that in the next movie.
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