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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Blur Filter

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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68. Blur Filter


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

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


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