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Tutorial - Blurring Background by larafairie-stock Tutorial - Blurring Background by larafairie-stock
A tutorial for photoshop on how to blur backgrounds, it's a very useful tutorial.

It was made for photoshop 7 but it should work for other versions.
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xcyanide-skies Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial 8DDDD I actually use GIMP but it worked exactly the same :3 THANKS SO MUCH
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MIURIN Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
THXXXXXXXXX
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MatworldsHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah there are better way. Use the PS Filter or use two layers and mask the sharp part out. That's much better! :/
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Great tutorial.

My 3d app has DOF but it does not make it easy to use and sometimes it adds hours to the render time. This tutorial will make it easier for me to do it by hand.

The hidden secret with 3d stuff is that it uses a lot of 2d and 2d skills.
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LuneBleu Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :aww:

Your Tutorial is being featured on my News Article right here [link]
Thank you so much for sharing :heart:
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deethree Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
i think lara's trying to show the basic technique, you can obviously adapt it and spend more time if you wish,

a little tip for a more accurate DOF look create a gradient on the images layer mask, this gradient is called the z-depth, it tells photoshop how far back each part of the image should be thus the level of lens blur, by estimating the blur gradient draw a black to white linear gradient on the layer mask as appropriate, then select lens blur and choose layer mask as the depth map/source and adjust the values appropriately
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Lauraest Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
~deethree says-->",,,a little tip for a more accurate DOF look create a gradient on the images layer mask, this gradient is called the z-depth, it tells photoshop how far back each part of the image should be thus the level of lens blur, by estimating the blur gradient draw a black to white linear gradient on the layer mask as appropriate, then select lens blur and choose layer mask as the depth map/source and adjust the values appropriately."<<----


Can you make a tutorial?
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SPAR Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
This is a crap way of bluring... rather duplicate the layer, blur it, and then use a mask to reveal the layer below.

Way more control
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Enigmatic-Shadow Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
are those real mushrooms ?
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BeautifulLiar21 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006   Photographer
you should put more tutorials up.

they are really helping me learn photoshop better :)
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glass-artist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
Thanks!
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
So simple....yet so relevant :star:
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angelicalspirit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
thanks for the tutorial, i was in need of it ^_^
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Phmall Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005
gotta love sxc.hu
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beanarts Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
good tutorial for the beginners and those who are aware of this

Self blurring to get a depth of feild can be very hard sometimes because it is quick easy to over use to a point where its obviouse that its been photo shopped...

My sugestion to add to this is to think of height and depth while your doing it. The further the object, the blurryer it will get, but the closer it is, the sharper it should be. if you're blurring a hill (as in here to a degree) instead of blurring horizontally, or vertically, you should blur diagonally so that you follow the path that the hill would take so it doesnt look like its cut in half with blur

It's a very hard skill to master though and you're taking th eapproach rather well
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Negative-Positive Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
After the blurring i suggests using the history brush on the mushroom.
and thanks for the tutorials :heart:
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SunIsRising Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mh, you (accidently I suppose) blurred parts of the foreground subject as well. I guess using the layer mask to select the area that shouldnt be touched by the blurring, then inverse the selection and blurr with a filter or manual, whatever is more comfortable.
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larafairie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
I know, but it was just an example that you don't have to follow. ;)
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anneliese Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005   Photographer
Another way to do it is select what you want blurred, and then go filter-->blur-->lens blur. I'm loving your tutorials :D
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larafairie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
There's quite a few ways, but I'm just using the ways I use. Thanks. :heart:
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anneliese Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005   Photographer
Yeah of course! Your way is probably better anyway :) It's great that you're doing tutorials, they've been heaps helpful
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