I have received several questions lately on How to Use the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop. I recorded this video tutorial a while back, but it’s still completely appropriate and so I thought it would be worth re-posting it now.
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There are several new filters that can be applied in Photoshop CS5 via Pixel Bender. Pixel Bender can be downloaded from Adobe Labs and while there are several filters that ship with Pixel Bender by default (I am especially partial to OilPaint), there are additional filters that can be installed from the Pixel Bender Exchange site. I have included just a few samples below. Have fun!
One of the filters that is often overlooked is the Fiber Filter. If you need to create an organic fiber texture, this filter will now render it for you automatically (Filter > Render > Fibers). You can control both the variance and strength of the “weave” as well as randomize the result until you find the perfect texture. Note: this filter uses the foreground and background colors selected in the tool box, so choose your colors before choosing the filter.
One of the examples in the PDF that I posted yesterday was of the Surface Blur. I really showed an extreme use of it to blur the neon sigh, but keep in mind that it’s great for softening skin and giving images that“dreamy soft-focus”look.
In addition, the Shape Blur filter blurs an object based on a shape of your choosing. It’s a tiny bit like light passing through an aperture of a given shape – try it, I think you’ll like it.
A while back I created this Artistic Filters PDF file (15MB download) that has examples of the filters in Photoshop. They’re pretty straight forward (meaning that I didn’t combine any filters to make “complicated” effects), but I thought it might be a good resource for anyone that is teaching Photoshop. So help yourself if you can use it as an example.
Have you ever wanted to find the average color of a bunch of pixels? You know, as if they were different types of ice cream and you melted them together to find the average taste? Ok, well not exactly like that, but selecting Filter > Blur > Average, will take all of the colors in your image (or in a selection), finds the average and fills the selection (or entire image) with that color. One interesting note is that running the filter over areas that include transparency produces unexpected results. Chris tried to explain to me why this is, but I had a brain freeze from the ice cream.
Remember if you use a small subset of filters again and again (like Smart Sharpen and Grain), you can eliminate the time it takes to find them in the Filter submenu’s by assigning a keyboard shortcut to them (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).
When using Filter Gallery, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on a filter’s preview icon to add a new filter on top of the selected filter (instead of changing the selected filter). Also while in Filter Gallery, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on a disclosure triangle (next to the Filter Categories) to hide/show all of the contents (and previews) of filter categories.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + F to display the Fade dialog to change Opacity and Blend mode of the fade last filter applied. Note this command must be run directly after applying the filter.
Command-Option (Mac)/Control-Alt (Win) + F to display the dialog box for the last used filter.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + F to run the last used filter.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Applying the Lens Blur Filter for Selective Focus), Julieanne Kost shows us how to get great results with the Lens Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
In this training video, (Creative Retouching Techniques and Edge Effects in Photoshop), you will discover how to to completely change the look and feel of a photograph with some simple retouching, creative adjustments, and the addition of edges and texture.