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blurring the lines…

March 11, 2011

Sometimes my pictures look boring to me, so I like to add just a little something to make it more interesting.  One of the ways I do that is with the radial blur filter.


This is the original picture



1) Create a duplicate copy of the picture

2) Go to Filter, Blur, Radial Blur
Put the amount on 1 and choose “spin” as the method
Move the blur center over the area you want in focus (this takes a bit of guess work)
Choose “okay”


3) Go to Edit, Fade Radial Blur


and take the opacity down a bit (here I chose 77%)


This is the final result.  You can add a layer mask and erase bits of the blur if you want, or take the opacity of the layer down if it’s still too strong.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. *Olivier permalink
    March 11, 2011 10:04 am

    Great ! It explains a lot …
    Just note … in the “Sometimes my pictures look boring to me” case … you’re not alone ! lol …

    I for one often goes to oldies with the goal to find variations, other ideas … Your tutorial will be within them, be sure !

    Have a nice day.

  2. March 11, 2011 10:07 am

    Thanks Lauren!

  3. Jacqui Elliot-Williams permalink
    March 11, 2011 10:13 am

    love it ! thanks x

  4. March 11, 2011 11:44 am

    Lauren…this is a revelation…thank you so much for sharing…your creativity and your inner eye are unrivaled

  5. March 11, 2011 11:45 am

    Thanks for the info.. very cool.

  6. March 11, 2011 11:58 am

    Thank you so much!! i was wondering how do you do it when i saw the picture on flikr !

  7. Ken Robinson permalink
    March 11, 2011 6:58 pm

    I never find your images boring, but I know what you mean. This is a good way to change it up. Thanks for sharing your skills.

  8. berta ... permalink
    March 12, 2011 1:28 am

    Thank you for sharing :o)

  9. March 15, 2011 5:58 am

    Neat ! thanks lauren

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