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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 68 of 118

Blur Filter


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 68 of 118

Blur Filter


Lesson Info

Blur Filter

All right, then let's take an image here, and I want your attention drawn to just one of thes lines. You've never been Africa before. It's pretty crazy toe to be there and see these lines walking straight for you, but I wanted so I mainly see the guy in the foreground and then the ones in the background there's just a hint of them to do. So I'm gonna first convert this to a smart object. Then I'll go to the filter menu, and I'm gonna come in here in Choose Blur Gallery. And that's where I'm gonna find a choice called Tilt Shift. When I have told Shift, there's this little knob in the middle. I can click on it and drag this up or down, and what this is going to do is end up blurring my picture. You can see down at the bottom of this parts blurry already. Well, where that little dot is in the middle, there's a big ring around it, and if I grab the ring and drag that controls how much blurring is supplying, you bring it way down, they'll be next to none bringing up, and they'll be a lot T...

hen there's a zone that stays sharp, and that's the zone between the line right above this big dial and the one right below it. If I click on the dot in the center, I can move this around and I'm gonna move it. So it's right down here where that guy is. It doesn't matter if you move it horizontally, but I'm moving it there. Just some thinking about that. Then, if I want to make a wider area that is sharp, you can grab these lines. Just don't Graham or the dot is here. There's a blue dot that would allow you to rotate it. Instead. Move further out, and you can grab either line and pull on it to define what range should be. Sharpen your picture. Then, if you look above the upper horizontal line and keep going, you're gonna find a dash line. Will The space between the solid line and the dash line is where the the sharpness is going to start fading out, and once it gets to the dash line, it's going to get the full force of the blurring your requesting so I can click on that dash line and drag it to decide how abruptly should this fade out? And I'm gonna make it fade. So goes right down to about the pause on that second lion that's there. There is also a dash line on the bottom edge to if you had this moved up far enough so you could see it. But I'm just having a little bit of blurring happening there. Then I can dial my big dial here to decide exactly how much blurry now want in that background to really get your attention to come to this area. But you still know there are other lions in the background now when I end up dialing the big dial, all it's really doing is changing a setting that's found on the right side of my screen that is called blur, and so you're more than welcome to change it over there as well. If you ever blur something, you got to be careful because a lot of images will have noise or grain in them. And as you blur something you throw away that grants, it gets blended in to the image. So down here at the bottom, there's a tab. Cold noise in This is going to apply to the area that's been blurred, so you might want to zoom up on your picture. This image, I think, might have been shot at I s 0 800 And that means there's probably a bit of noise in the sharp area of the picture. Well, if I want to add noise back to those areas that's been blurred here, I can adjust the amount. And if you watch the top portion of my screen, I can see it getting noisy. I want to just try to make it look like it blends in with the sharp area. So maybe around there I'm not sure how well you'll see that on video cause videos compressed, and therefore it doesn't always pick up the finest details. Here. We can choose the size of the noise so we have larger pieces or really fine ones. And again, that's trying to match the quality of the rest of the picture and how rough or random those specks of noise are, or how consistent. If you lower it, then also nerds. Two varieties of noise. There's luminess noise, which is a difference in brightness. And then there's also color noise which is where you'll see some variation in color. If the shark party your picture, you can see it various and color in a way that you don't think is part of the original scene that was being photographed. Instead, it's noise. You could bring up this slider for color. Finally, there is a slider for highlights. I don't know if we'll notice it in this particular image, but, um, noises mainly going to be in the darker areas of your picture, especially if you brighten those darker areas. And here I can choose how much of it is applied to the highlights so I could back off on the highlights. Ah, then up here at the top, Uh, all we got to do is click. OK, And now if I turn off the Blur Gallery filter, you can see the sharpness in the background versus that little slice where we're just trying to get your attention on one object. If you do this to what would usually be a huge scene like a city, it actually makes it feel like a miniature set because you usually can't get a soft background like that when you shoot with a wide angle lens in. In order to take a picture of a city, get the whole city in. You usually need a wide angle lens well with wide angle lens. You just not going to get the blurry background. The only time your brain is used to seeing a blurry background in knowing that it's um riel is when you see something under a microscope or a magnifying glass usually get a very limited depth of field. And so when you suddenly see a cityscape and you've applied this to it to get just a narrow range of sharpness it your brain doesn't know why. But it thinks it looks like it's miniature, and that's because you're not used to seeing shallot up the field with a wide angle lens.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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