DIY Cool Photoshop Effects: Blurring

First and foremost, we need to get our original photo into Adobe Photoshop. Once Photoshop is opened, you can either drag and drop your picture directly into photoshop, or simply select import from the files tab and choose your picture.

Now that we have our picture inside PS, we want to duplicate it. Do this by clicking on the Layers tab, and selecting duplicate layer. Once done, make sure this new duplicated tab is the one that is selected. In the tabs section again, select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Adjust the settings enough so that the image is still visible and clear enough to generally tell what it is, but enough so that the blur is noticeable.

After choosing your settings, click ‘ok’ and your layer should be blurred. If you did not want the whole entire picture to be blurred, you can fix this with the eraser tool. It is located on the left hand side of Photoshop and is shaped just like an eraser. With this you can adjust size and hardness, and slowly erase sections of your image so that they begin to turn back to your original, “normal” photo. Don’t forget to save frequently! -Chris W. cgw8

~ by cgw8 on October 15, 2012.

One Response to “DIY Cool Photoshop Effects: Blurring”

  1. Hi Chris,

    I like that your blog post offered a simple explanation for a relatively simple concept. However, even though this is a simple concept, I think you could have made it a bit more informative and engaging by including screenshots of each step to clarify exactly what your reader should do. For example, you tell the reader to “Adjust the settings enough so that the image is still visible and clear enough to generally tell what it is, but enough so that the blur is noticeable.” Although I can make a pretty good guess of what you mean by this, it really helps for you to show it by making a screen shot of this idea. Sometimes pictures and text are the best way for beginners to learn how to use new technologies. So for next time, try more showing and less telling.

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