Photoshop  Zoom Blur Tutorial  – For Complete Beginners

Photoshop Zoom Blur Tutorial – For Complete Beginners

Advanced Photoshop Users Not Welcome, This Tutorial is strictly for beginners without any Photoshop Experience.

In this "Blur Effects Tutorial I'll be showing you how to create a simple "Zoom Blur" in Adobe Photoshop.

This effect can be acheived in no time atall and provides an impressive effect that can be used to enhance many different photosto give them the illusion of movement.

This is the first in a series of videos on"Blur Effects" and in later videos I'll be demonstrating other styles of Blur effects applied in a number of different ways.

In order to succesfully complete this tutorialand get immediate results, please ignore all other tools on Photoshop and only focus on theones necessary for this task.

Okay, before I start this tutorial I'd liketo say a special thanks to, Faizan Buneri, one of my subscribers who requested this blureffect tutorial.

Thank you very much Faizan.

Also keep the comments coming in.

If there's anything in particular you'd like to learn in Photoshop, please leave a comment and wecould probably base a future tutorial on it.

So you know I'll be happy to hear fromyou.

I think we're going to have to make this a series of the tutorials on blur effects, because there's so many different types of blurs and different application for blurs that it's difficult to fit everything into one tutorial.

We're going to start with this very simple short tutorial demonstrating the "Zoom" blur effect.

By the way if you want to follow-through this video with the original picture that I'm using; you'll find the link below this video.

So, we'll start by off by opening our file, which is a picture we'll be working with today.

<File – Open> okay, which is on my desktop and there's one herecalled "blur effect" I'll select that and open it.

As you can see it's a group of the marathon runners and considering that it's an action picture, there's no movement in this picture whatsoever.

So what we want to do is give it some movement by isolating one of the runners and make him look like he's popping out of the picture by giving it a blur effect.

And so, let me fit it back on the screen and the first thing we have to do, is we're going to duplicate the layer.

So I'm going to go to the layer <duplicatelayer> background copy we're going to call it, em "blur" okay? and press <ok> and thenwhat were going to do is we're going to go up to the <filter> we're going to select<filter-blur> and <radial blur> okay? and what we want to do here we're going to select"Zoom", because the default setting for is on "Spin" so will select the "Zoom" and Ithink "good" is good enough for the effect.

The amount is 10% at the moment I'm just goingto put it slightly more than that.

Aright maybe 20% is good.

You can select the boxhere and just type in there like that.


And what you can actually do is move thisaround.

If you press your left button down you can centre it to your subject.

So whatI'm going to do is the roughly estimate where the subject is, which is about there and thenpress <ok>.

Wow! Straight away you can see a big difference in the picture; its got movement and in fact it can even make you feel dizzy, if you look at it for too long.

So what we'regoing to do now is, because at the moment are subject is also very blurred, okay wewant to isolate him.

So i'm going to take my "Zoom Tool", which is already selectedto zoom up closer.

I'm going to left click the mouse on the top left and dragged downto the bottom right-hand and then release.

And you have to make sure that the blur layeris selected and if you can't see this window here that means that the "layer window" isnot enabled.

So the way to do that is by going up to "window" and making sure that the "layers"is checked or press F7 on your keyboard, otherwise.

So now that the "blur" layer is selected I'mgoing to press this icon down here, which is the "masking" tool, to mask the layer, Becauseour subject is blurred, the purpose of this is so that we can bring out some of the originalsharpness of the figure from the background layer.

The way we can do that is by selectingthe "brush tool" and painting over the parts that we want to be transparent.

So I'm goingto select my "brush tool" okay, also make sure that we've got the black selected.

Ifyou haven't got the black selected here, just use this icon; this arrow icon to switch betweenblack and white.

So make sure that the black is selected and then we're going to go upto the "brush settings", which is up here and we're going to adjust the size of thethe "brush".

I think this particular picture is not very high resolution, so I think 94 pixels is fine.

And the hardness doesn't have to be hard.

We want it to be soft so I'm leavingit the way is there, and then we are ready to start brushing over our subject.

So I'mgoing start brushing over the bits I want to sharpen up and as I brush over, can yousee that the figure is sharpening up.

My personal preference is that I don't brush over thewhole figure, because I want to leave some parts blurred.

You know that's my personalpreference, but you might like to do it otherwise.

I mean if you want to brush the whole figure,go ahead.

Okay, I think that's a really good result and I'm really happy with that becausehe looks like he's popping out the picture, and it's a really good effects, I mean amazingeffect.

Right, so what's left is to save the document So I'll go up to <file-save-save as> okayit already saved as a PSD document which is a photoshop document, I'm going to save itas a JPEG okay so select JPEG and press <save>.

It's going to ask you about the quality andyou select the quality here and just press <ok> and that's it.

I hope you liked the tutorial.

This is the first one in the series, by the way, of tutorials.

And, I'll be making moretutorials on "blur effects" and I think the next ones will be on "motion blur" so pleaselook out my next tutorial.

Thanks for watching this video.

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