Defocusing

Gently softening an image works well. This can create a sense of image without dominating the screen. One of the most effective filters for this is the Lens Blur filter first introduced in Photoshop CS (if this is not available to you, then go for Gaussian Blur). Let's try it out:

Step 1. Open the file Ch11_BG_Market.psd from the DVD-ROM.

Step 2. Duplicate the Background layer by pressing IX+0 (^B+O). By filtering a copy of the background, you can reduce the opacity of the blurred copy to modify the strength of blurring.

Step 3. Apply the Lens Blur filter by choosing Filter>Blur>Lens Blur. Adjust the filter to taste, but favor an out of focus image. Click OK when satisfied.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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