Blur effects

Blur

The Blur effect works without a dialog to apply a small amount of blurring in a single pass. (See also the Blur Tool.)

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To apply the effect:

Blur More

The Blur More effect works without a dialog to apply blurring (somewhat more than Blur) in a single pass.

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To apply the effect:

Average Blur

The Average Blur effect smooths the active layer or selection by softening hard edges and contours with abrupt color transitions.

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(Radius set to 4)

To apply the effect:

Average Color

The effect calculates the average color in the current selection or layer, then applies it throughout that selection or layer. The green portion of the cloth was selected with the Magnetic Selection Tool and its average color then applied throughout.

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To apply the effect:

  1. (Optional) Make a selection from which the color is calculated. Otherwise, an average color is applied to the currently selected layer.

  2. Choose Blur from the Effects menu, then select Average Color from the submenu.

Gaussian Blur

The Gaussian Blur effect smooths the active layer or selection by averaging pixels using a weighted curve. It's especially useful for removing a moiré (interference) pattern from scanned images.

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(Radius set to 5)

To apply the effect:

Motion Blur

The Motion Blur effect applies straight streaks to the image to simulate the effect of camera or subject movement.

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(Angle 180;
Distance 7)

To apply the effect:

  1. Adjust the Angle slider to control the direction in which the effect is applied.

  2. Adjust the Distance slider (or enter a specific value) to control the amount of blurring (and the sense of movement).

Radial Blur

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The Radial Blur effect applies concentric streaks to the image to simulate a rotating camera or subject. A centered blur origin can be repositioned.

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(Intensity 10,
blur origin moved to lower right)

To apply the effect:

  1. Adjust the Intensity slider (or enter a specific value) to control the amount of blurring.

  2. (Optional) To move the blur origin, click the origin button, hover over the image, position the cross-hair cursor in the preview window, then set the new origin by clicking.

Zoom Blur

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The Zoom Blur effect applies converging streaks to the image to simulate a zoom lens.

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(Intensity 38,
blur origin moved to top left)

To apply the effect:

  1. Adjust the Intensity slider (or enter a specific value) to control the amount of blurring.

  2. (Optional) To move the blur origin, click the origin button, hover over the image, position the cross-hair cursor in the preview window, then set the new origin by clicking.

Fragment

The Fragment effect breaks up the image to simulate a jittery hand-held camera.

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(Intensity 4)

To apply the effect:

Intelligent Blur

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The Intelligent Blur effect lets you blur portions of the image while leaving edges sharp. The result can vary from a mild facelift to a cartoon-like Posterize adjustment with few colors in large blobs.

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(Radius set to 10; Threshold to 165)

To apply the effect:

Depth of Field

The Depth of Field effect lets you apply blurring while using layer masks or as a controlled gradient. The Layer Mask option blurs areas outside a masked region (leaving the mask unaffected). You can also apply a blur as a Linear Gradient or Radial Gradient, where an editable blue gradient path controls the position, direction and extent of the gradient blur.

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(Blur Radius: 10
Focal Distance: 5
Depth Map: Layer Mask)

To apply the effect:

  1. From the Depth Map drop-down menu, select one of:

  2. Either adjust the Blur Radius slider or enter a specific value. This controls the extent of blurring along the gradient path; higher settings produce more blur along its length.

  3. Adjust the Focal Distance slider (or enter a specific value) to set the point on the gradient path which is considered to be the distance between the camera and its focal point.