Radial and Motion Blur
This particular filter is one that people sometimes miss case the radio blur and a lot of folks think that use it just to make things look like they're swirling around in the circular motion but she can also use it to create this zoom affect which I think is far more useful than making things looked like they were blurred in a circular motion so here's our before and here's our after I see this technique in stock images quite a bit so this is a one of the very few filters you could get away with using but we're going to talk about that tomorrow so we're going to create a smart object out of our layer here's your filter convert for smart filters now let's go back it to the filter men you go into the blur category and let's cruise all the way down to radio a blur now most people when they use this filter leave it set to spin which does create that circular kind of pattern if that's what you want great but in my opinion zoom is far more interesting you can really take your viewer into a p...
articular part of your image with this effect now the trick to using this one is knowing that you can change the center point of zoom simply by moving around within this area right here so if my little racer was positioned in the very center of the image, then I probably wouldn't have to mess with this much, but he's not I want my zoom center to be about right here, so I'm going to guess to made it by clicking and dragging within that box in that cool. So what we're going to do is we're just going to kind of eyeball where the little boy is in relation to this box, okay, I'm going click best so that we get good quality and for amount they can pump it up a little bit and the lines over here give you in the previa, giving an idea of what's going to happen to your image, though unfortunately, we don't get a live preview in this dialogue so let's, go ahead and click ok, why did pretty good line in that up tonight? But what if you don't easy peasy since you had the wherewithal, the use smart filters, all you have to do is double click radio, blur in your layers panel and then moving around so if it first you don't succeed, try try again another great benefit of using smart filters so now we have to do is hide the zoom from our focal point, which is the little boy's head so well clique within the smart filter mask are brushed tool is still active, I can see that black is my background color ships selous press x to flip flop them and I know I have a soft edge brush because we've been using one all day and I'm just going to click on his face so that his face is not blurred. Now you could increase the brush size a little bit and hide a little bit more of the zoom if you want so here's our before and here's our after absolutely love that filter so let's, take a look at that one more time on another image. This is another great use for it forward motion coming at you so there's the before boring and there's the after so let's, turn off this layer, click to activate the layer you're gonna work with convert for smart filters filter blur radio blur it's not just for circular motion we're going to change the blur method to zoom that's the magic in this particular dialog box, change the quality of the best and then use this box right here to determine where your zoom point is. So as I look at this image, I could have left this one in the center, but let's, just drop it down just a little bit and used the amount slider to adjust the level of the zoom that you've got going on, click ok and now click on the smart filter mask. Our brush has already set up appropriately I'm going to make it pretty big because I want to hide a little bit of that zooming from this whole area of the car so I'm going to click one time and press the f k to toggle all my panels often on so you can get an idea of that effect I think it's really useful trendy baby so that's the radio filter set to zoom now I want to show you motion blur, which should do the exact same technique exact same technique as far as the steps that we went through, but you're using a different filter which is just a straight motion blur filter which lets you determine what angle do you want the motion to occur so you can have up and down motion like this so as you can see in my layers panel we did the exact same thing convert for smart filters go to the blur category, choose motion blur and set the angle that you want the motion blur to occur. And so for this one, if we just double click my motion blur filter here, you can see that I have an angle of ninety degree so that's why we've got up and down vertical motion, which is great when you're taking off from the earth like our super family is here so that's the original boring as somewhere exciting version and then here's another example of the exact same thing. So here we've got motion blur this time the angle was four degrees, so we have not quite a horizontal blur, but we're matching the angle of our shooter writer here and this one I use thie grady in't tool set to paint with black and why inside the mass let me show you what that looks like. So that's basically just hiding the motion blur from the front part of the photo, which makes her look like she's going at warp speed. It's pretty cool. So do poke around in these exercise files when you buy the course because you'll get all kinds of other ideas that we just don't have time to go through every single one of them. So here's another variation on that, just like we did on the zoom function of the radio filter. So we just added a dollop of black right here too high the effects of that filter from her face. But again, you can have a go at using the radiant tool inside the mask to completely hide the filter from one side of the photo had it be revealed on the other side.
In this deep dive, Lesa takes you deep into the wide world of filters to create a multitude of special yet practical effects. She'll take you well beyond blurring and sharpening, and you'll learn handy uses for nearly every single filter in the menu. You'll also learn how to use filters non-destructively, how to access filter blending options, and more!
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0