Adding blur effects in Photoshop – tutorial
CS6 has a fully integrated interface for producing creative blur effects. In this tutorial we’ll show you how it works.
Among the new features announced in Photoshop CS6 was Blur Gallery. This ‘all in one’ solution for adding blur and depth of field effects means that there is now less need to use the Gradient Tool or layer masks to perfect your effects.
Here’s how it works.
Step 1 – Blur Gallery
Go to Filter>Blur and you’ll see the three Blur Gallery effects grouped together at the top of the drop-down menu. They are all included in the same interface so it doesn’t matter which you select at this point, but we’ll work with Iris Blur in this tutorial.
Step 2 – Place the focus
Click in the middle of the eclipse that appears to drag and drop it to your primary area of focus. The amount of blur is adjusted by the circular slider in the centre of the ellipse, or by the slider on the right-hand side of the screen. You can also adjust the feathering produced by the ellipse – and of course the size of the ellipse – by clicking and dragging the various sliders around it. Better still, you can change the shape of the ellipse using the square box on the perimeter.
Step 3 – Pin more focus points
You can ‘pin’ further focus points to the image of you wish to subtract from the blur effect. Pressing Delete on the keyboard will remove an ellipse that you no longer want to use.