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Photoshop: Creative Blurring

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Learn how to create stunning visual effects with the new set of blur filters in Photoshop CC.

Expand your thinking beyond Gaussian Blur. The new set of creative blurring tools in Photoshop CC 2014 allows you to take your photography and digital art to new heights. In this course, photographer and educator Chris Orwig shows how to use the filters in the Blur Gallery (including Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, and more) in creative projects like these:


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Adding Energy with Movement Blurs
  • Adding a radial zoom blur
  • Customizing the radial blur with a mask
  • Adding a vertical motion blur
  • Combining multiple filter effects together
2. Creating a Fun Illustration with Blur Effects
  • Making basic adjustments in Camera Raw
  • Extracting the people from the background
  • Blurring the background with a radial blur
  • Colorizing the background with Hue/Saturation
  • Creating a tilt-shift blur on the merged layer
  • Adding typography
  • Creating a glow effect and reviewing the project
3. Creating Abstraction with Shape Blur
  • Demonstrating how Shape Blur works
  • Beginning with Shape Blur
  • Adding a mask to the shape blur later
  • Using Shape Blur to create abstraction
4. Clarifying Your Vision with Tilt-Shift Blur
  • Starting off with Camera Raw
  • Enhancing color and tone with three adjustment layers
  • Creating a blur-and-grain effect
5. Adding to a Portrait with Color and Blur Effects
  • Making basic adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Fine-tuning in Camera Raw with the HSL and Split Toning panels and the Radial filter
  • Making improvements with Hue/Saturation and Curves
  • Adding a Field Blur effect
  • Sharpening and reviewing the project
6. Building a Book Cover
  • Improving color with Camera Raw
  • Adding the book-cover typography
  • Using the Blur Gallery to add blur effects
7. Crafting a Poetic Image
  • Beginning with Camera Raw
  • Crafting blur with multiple Field Blur pins
  • Adding texture with the Fibers filter
  • Increasing the grain by adding noise
  • Extracting the subjects from their environment
  • Enhancing color with adjustment layers
  • Creating one typography option
  • Creating a second typography option
8. Creating an Etheral Look
  • Masking in a Radial filter effect
  • Adding an Iris Blur
  • Creating atmosphere by rendering clouds
  • Making final blur and color adjustments

Taught by

Chris Orwig

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