Blur and Shape Tools
all right, we have other tools in our tools panel we have not gotten to yet. Let's move down just below our Grady int tool. We have a tool that looks like a drop of water. That's the blur tool, and the blur tool can be used to blur your photograph, of course. So if I come in here and I want something to not be as crisp, I could use this tool in just paint across an area and the more I paint the blurrier gets. But it's rare for me to do something like that, too. A photograph. It's not rare at all for me to do it. When using other features and photoshopped me see if I can show you an example. Let's say I made a selection. Maybe I used the quick selection tool, and I paint it over this guy's head in his arms in that a refined it a little bit. Right now I'm holy now Option Ultima windows, which takes away see if I can refine it just a little bit in ah session that we had. That was about selections. I used a feature that's called quick mask mode, So if you're not familiar with it. Be sure y...
ou watch the complete guide session on selections, but to use quick mask mode, I ended up having a selection on my screen, and then I ended up typing the letter. Q. I'm gonna do that right now, and it's going to take the selection I have and display this quick mask gives me a red over life. Well, often times I find that that transition between this area that's read that indicates it's not selected in the area that doesn't have run on it is to crisp. It's too abrupt of a transition. Maybe it's something like his arm here is getting to be out of focus. And if it's getting to be out of focus, then I might need that edge to be softer. So matches the edge quality of the picture. And if that's the case, then let me see if I can create this condition. I'll make a crisp edge here. His arm is slightly out of focus there. Well, then I'm gonna end up grabbing that blur tool and with the Blur tool active, I just come in here and I'm blurring the edge of the mask when I paint to try to get it to match the blurring us of the edge of his arm, because that's the type of selection I would need if I wanted to truly isolate that person accurately. So any time I end up with the selection that looks like it's too crisp of an edge, especially when viewed in quick mask mode, I get into quick Mass by typing Q. And then I grabbed that blur tool and I'll go right around the edge and therefore I can get a selection that boasts, has a crisp edge near the top and has a softer edge near the bottom. Now there are all sorts of other tools will use a lot of them and other sessions, but the one I might want to talk about now is the shape tool. Let's create a brand new document for that, and I want to show you how the shape tool, which allows you to draw very simple shapes If you look at the shapes that air here we have rectangles, rounded corner rectangles, ellipse, polygon line and custom custom. When you choose it at the top of your screen in the options bar, there'll be a choice over here called shape. And if you click there, you'll have all sorts of different shapes to choose from. Well, sometimes you don't find the custom shape you want, and you just can't find it here, too. Use what you likes. I want to show you how you can create more complex shapes using these simple original ones that are available in this case, I'm gonna use the polygon. And what I'm gonna end up doing is I'm gonna click on my image and drag and you'll see that you get a polygon. If I drank straight down and I hold the shift key shift will ensure that I'm moving straight down instead about an angle. I'm gonna create something that looks about like that. Now let's see how we can make that a much more complex shape. I'm gonna come in here and go to the edit menu, and there's a choice in here called Free Transform in. Since I'm working on a path that says free transform path when I choose that I could get a transformation and I could end up rotating this. But right now I'm limited to rotating this by pivoting it around this center of this object. They made a change a while ago. In photo shop. There used to be a cross hair in the center. If you ever transformed something and to simplify things because people didn't know what that cross hair meant, they took it away. But if you turn on this little check box in your options bar right there, when you're transforming that little cross here in the middle comes back. That's what it used to look like. An old versions of photo shop. That's the pivot point. And that means if I rotate something rotated around there, well, I'm gonna click there and drag it down here in the middle of my document. So now if I rotate, it's gonna pivot around here. So when I grab this, you can see that it would go all the way around like that. But when I rotate it right now, it'll let me rotate it to any angle. If you hold down the shift key wind roads heading, it's gonna limit you to 15% increments, I believe. And if I go right to about there now, the tips of the polygon kind of matches, so I'll do that now The problem is, it ended up moving the original. I wish it would have moved a duplicate. Well, I'm gonna come up here and there's a choice. When you choose, Transform called again. And that means to use the exact same settings I just used. So there I can get another one. So then there's a way to get it to duplicate as it transforms. Well, it happens to be that in photo shop, if you hold down the option key when you tell it to do it again, option, which is alter Windows, means to do it on a duplicate. So I just went in here and I found what is the keyboard shortcut for again? It's shift command T. So I was just typing a keyboard shortcut, and I type that one. But I added the option Kia's well, all time windows. So that means what I was typing was shift option command T on a Mac. That would be shift Ault control T and Windows, and that ended up duplicating the shape each time it was transformed. And I get this Well, then, if I change my tool here, I'm gonna grab the Ellipse tool which will allow me to draw a circle or oval. And I'm gonna click in the center of this. And there's actually a way to find the center by doing what you do is with this whole layer active you transform. But you have to get the whole thing selected, and then you can pull out guides to march the center. I'm not gonna do that right now, but I'm gonna grab this a lips tool and in the options bar, you can tell How is it going to interact with things up here? Should have created new one or should add or subtract. I choose that it should add to this. If I got it set correctly, I'm gonna click in the middle and then I'm gonna draw like that in order to be able to do it from the center, you have to hold on the option key Ultima windows. Then I can tell it to subtract war. I can tell it to combine, which is gonna add, and you can get us fancy as you want here. Go out to about there on a new shape and then I'll tell it to subtract so you can see how I've made a gear out of otherwise simple shapes. And so with this, you can create really complex shapes using simple tools as long as you experiment, and each time you use the shape tool you come up here and look to see. Is it gonna make a brand new layer? Where is it going to combine with what's already there or take away from it? And I happen to use some of those features in order to start with simple shapes, end up with complicated results in There's my Results. Then finally, if I want to style eyes this, I'm gonna go to the window menu and there's all sorts of panels we can use here, too stylized. This if I come in and choose, let's say my swatches panel. Well, here I got a bunch of colors I could use. If I just click on the colors, we can change what it looks like, but that looks a little boring just with a solid color in it. So let's go to the window menu. We could instead come here and use styles in styles we're gonna add like three D and drop shadows to it, so I'm just gonna click on the choices that are found in the styles menu or a panel to see if I can find something I like. They're nice with, with the edge on it. There are all sorts of panels that we can end up with their all found under the window menu, so experiment with what you have. The one that I would suggest you use quite frequently is one called color. The one called color, could be a replacement of your color picker and how usually I click on my foreground color and something shows up where I can change colors. Well, I can just do the same thing here. Just pick the general color you want from this vertical bar. Grab a shade of it from the big area. You can customize this by going to the side menu. I like using the one called Color Wheel because then I see a wheel of color and I can pick whatever color I want out of that and then in the middle, where there's a triangle, I can pick a shade of that color. And so that's one that I use quite frequently. Notice the color panel. Once I've gotten a color. I like Aiken. Store it here in the swatches panel at the bottom. Just hit the little plus sign and you'll store the color there. So all sorts of things we can do here with our tools in our panels It will take you quite a while before you really get a sense for all of them. I tried to go in there and show you the ones I use most frequently, but we will get into other ones. In other sessions here in Photoshopped, The Complete Guide.