February 29, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak: Iris Blur

Hardware-accelerated selective blurs with direct manipulation? Yes please.

For your convenience I’ve grouped these sneak-peek videos in a single category.

Side note–and I debate whether to mention this: there’s no real need to comment (as someone does on every sneak), “What, that’s all there is…?”–because no, that’s not all there is. A peek is, by definition, “a quick and typically furtive look.” It’s just meant to pique your interest, not to show a whole product release (or even a whole feature).

Posted by John Nack at 10:57 AM on February 29, 2012


  • Chris — 11:04 AM on February 29, 2012

    Nifty for quicky jobs. For real accuracy, you need depth maps or some kind of way to pick out other items in the focal plane yet not in the center of the “focus area”. Or maybe you just use one of those Lytro cameras.

  • BJ Nicholls — 12:09 PM on February 29, 2012

    That tool will save me some time.

  • karl — 12:34 PM on February 29, 2012

    It’s time – I wait for this since years :)

  • Mando — 2:10 PM on February 29, 2012

    Nice. No more skill or expensive camera required.

  • Zev Eisenberg — 10:20 PM on February 29, 2012

    It’s interesting to see what kind of features show up first in photoshop (healing brush, content-aware fill), and which ones show up first in iPhoto (red-eye reduction) and instagram-like iPhone apps (fake lens blur). Cool to see Adobe making Photoshop a better tool while not being above taking cues from popular consumer apps. And it looks like your depth blur is way more powerful/realistic than other ones I’ve seen!

  • 3213232 — 4:43 AM on March 01, 2012

    well it´s physical incorrect and everybody with some clue sees that in a millisecond.

    so it´s useless for professionells.

  • Rick Spitzer — 7:11 AM on March 01, 2012

    That is cool but check this.

    • Iris Mayweather — 8:15 AM on March 04, 2012

      First you haven’t seen the actual released product. Second it might not be for “professionals” then but rather creatives who can realize the potential of technology and use it to actually create something while the others while away the time trying explain why it can’t or shouldn’t be done.

  • Armand — 9:09 AM on March 03, 2012

    This is basically a simplification upon Camera Blur that can take an alpha channel to do the blur. With Camera Blur you can build a z-depth map.

    With this, it’s just simpler, even though not as accurate.

  • Armand — 9:11 AM on March 03, 2012

    Correction, I meant “Lens Blur”, not “Camera Blur”

    [Blur Gallery uses a true spatially varying blur. It does not approximate the blur with a blend, as I believe Lens Blur does. Each blur type (field, iris, tilt shift) forms a spatially varying radius field (mask) with a maximum blur radius set by the blur amount slider. –J.]

  • Iris Mayweather — 8:17 AM on March 04, 2012

    Oops. My comment was directed at 3213232 not rick. Obviously I am not a professional on this blog software …

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