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Photoshop CS6: Blur Gallery (Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift)

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 2.56.44 PMThere is no shortage of blur options in Photoshop, but the new Blur Gallery–consisting of Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt-Shift–are meant to create depth-of-field effects which  more closely mimics a camera’s natural blur. You can find the tool under Filters > Blur > Field Blur… You Can select either of the three blurs, you’ll end up in the same place.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Blur Gallery doesn’t open in a new dialog box, instead the controls take place of your normal workspace panels and you are working directly with your image on screen. You can expand or collapse the controls just like a normal workspace. This is what Adobe is calling “On-image controls” or “on-canvas control”.

  • Blurs have to be on a regular layer. Unless you have Creative Cloud, then you can apply it as a Smart Filter
  • Blurs can be applied independently or stacked on top of each other
  • Each Filter can set multiple pins to have multiplee blur points
  • Filter Effects are set individually for each Pin
  • [H] to show/hide on-screen controls
  • [M] to show/hide blur mask
  • Selection Bleed: If you are trying to blur a selection, this lets you adjust how the blur interacts with the selection edge.


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