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Blur Gallery Tools

Lesson 17 from: Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud Additions in 2015

Ben Willmore

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17. Blur Gallery Tools

Lesson Info

Blur Gallery Tools

Before I apply filters to an image most of the time I go to the filter menu and I choose convert for smart filters and what that does for me is it ends up turning this layer into a smart object it does the same thing is going to hear it's just quicker to get to because it's under the filter menu they put a similar command in two different spots and they're just doing it because aa lot of people just I would never go to the layer menu and choose this they wouldn't think of it and so to kind of suggest that you do that they put something right there which does the same thing so when I choose that you'll notice my layers panel this little icon appears on top of the layer that indicates it's a smart object then I can go to the filter menu in any filter that I apply now is going to not be permanent and by not be permanent it's nice because I could make changes later on if I want to change the settings used on that particular filter I can just go in and will be listed right below the name of...

the layer will be the name of the filter I could turn off an eyeball to disable the filter or double click on the name that's shown there and it will send me back in where I can change the settings what I just chose in case you didn't see it was filter. It was blurred gallery and then it was called that we've tilt shift and with till shift this is what we end up getting in with these controls. Uh, we can selectively blur the image, and in this case, I congratulate little dots. You see little tiny circles that are there, and if I grab those aiken rotate and I want to choose just one little slice of this image to be in focus, so I'm gonna position the center area on the area that I'd lie like to be in focus and you see this little ring around the center dot that right there controls how blurry it's going to be on the areas away from the center point. What this is trying to do is simulate a narrow depth of field where you get more out of focus areas and moving this little dial that's around the center. All that does is moves this setting right over here blur. I could just as easily move over here and adjust this if I do watch the little ring around the middle is I increase it, you see the ring going around so that little ring is just a substitute for moving the slider, so this is called the tilt shift blur, and with it I could get just a small slice of what I want to have sharp and aiken blur other areas in the way it works is the center little dot determines what part of the image will be in focus, then this between these two lines, that air here is where it's going to be sharp. Once it gets to that line, it'll start fading out, getting blurrier and blurrier and blurrier. Once it gets out to the dashed align, you get the full blur that you've requested. The same thing happens on the other side. If you want a wider area, you can adjust this as much as he'd like. Just grab the line itself, not the little dot, but the line. And you could make a wider area or a skinnier won. The little dots allow you to rotate it like that now. That's. Not necessarily a new feature, but there are some new things that are found within it. First off, we have this long list of effects we can apply. And right here there is a check box that this particular checkbox is going to. How would I say that? There's. A distortion slider. You hear the distortion slaughter. What it does is it tries to simulate the look of a tilt shift lens. What happens in the till? Shift lens is in the out of focus areas. It stretches the image a bit and here you could bring that up to have its stretch one side of this transition the checkbox causes it to happen on both side's um if you'd like it to there are choices here for noise and the problem that we have when you blur an image is that if the image contained any grain when you blur the image the grain is wiped away because it's blurred right into the image and so if this area had grain to it and now that we've blurred this area does not it's going to look like you did it and photo shop instead of looking natural and so clicking on this noise tab allows you to add green peas turn on this little check box and you can then bring up the amount slider and it's going to force grain into the blurry areas and you just want to try to force it enough that it matches the sharp areas in order to do that you'd have to zoom up to one hundred percent viewed to see it better but I wanted to let you know that that's a new feature where we can end up adding the grain a couple things about working in here is that let's see depending on what it is I'm working on and I'll take me a moment here toe do this if I hold the letter h h means hide and that means hide those little overlays that you say if on the other hand I want to see what part of the image of my changing versus not hold the letter emma and means mask in so you know how when we worked with layer mass and other things that areas that are white are where it's affected areas that are black? So it's not so this is showing me the area that's black, his words stained sharp where it's fading out is we're getting less and less of this blurry effect and where it's solid white is where it's applying at full strength so each for hyde inem for mask and you just press and hold them it's not like a toggle it instead of to press and hold this choice here called boca boca right there's many different ways people saito pronounce it is if you have any really bright highlights in the blurry area like street lights at night, usually those would take on the shape of your aperture in your camera and would look different. And by adjusting these sliders, you can control what's happening to the absolute really bright speculate highlights that might be in a blurry area in this particular picture. We don't have any of that when you're done up here at the top, we have justin okay button that's going to apply this and I'll show you that because we used to smart object you'll see in the layers panel there, it says, we've applied the blur gallery, and if I wanted to disable it, I just turn off this eyeball, turn it back on and it will reapply. And if I want to change the settings to finding them, I'm gonna come in here and just double click right here where it's his blur gallery I'll be right back in the filter is if I've never changed the settings that I had before, and I can make any change that I like. Click ok again, teo, get out of there. There are some additional settings in there that we don't have a lot of time to talk about, but one of them just say, no, we'll be, you'll see the word bleak if you ever see the word bleed that is in there if you ever have a selection. If you ever selected an area to say on lee, want to change that part of the picture before you went into the blur gallery? The choice called bleed will allow it to extend a little bit beyond your selection to have a kind of fade out on that edge, just so you're aware with that.

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Got to "know" Ben during Photoshop Week and a few other courses. He has consistently been one of my favorite Photoshop instructors. He is extremely easy to follow, stays on point without being cold or boring, and is immensely knowledgeable on just about everything Photoshop. He does not disappoint in this fantastic in-depth review of some great new features in PhotoShop and Lightroom CC 2015 ... there are some real hidden gems in there for you. Ben polishes them up and serves them to you with extra info, insight, and pertinent examples. He goes the extra mile to answer questions and delve into related subjects without going off the rails. GREAT, GREAT course. Thanks Ben, and Creative Live! -Tim K.

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I just purchased this course today and it's wonderful. Ben is one of the best Photoshop instructors I've encountered. I had purchased the complete Mastery course and this one is a welcome addition since it covers new features. Even though Photoshop and Lightroom will continue to evolve, the basic techniques and tools used are basically the same, so I find myself going back to the mastery course if I hit a bump along the way. Ben's knowledge is second to none, but his true gift is the ability to transmit all that knowledge in bite size and understandable portions that are never boring. Someday I will have the privilege to know him personally, in the meantime I will continue to buy his courses as they come out. Such a wealth of information. Thanks Ben and CreativeLive!


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