Field Blur

Field Blur

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add Field Blur in Photoshop



Photoshop CS6 added three new blur options; Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift Blur. The three blur variations are meant to simulate a camera lens and can be accessed from a single Properties panel. They can either be applied individually or a combination of the three.

In this topic we'll demonstrate the Field Blur. For more information on the other blurs, see topics, Iris Blur and Tilt Shift Blur.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

With the image layer selected in the Layers panel, choose Filter > Blur > Field Blur.

Step Three

In the Blur Tools panel, open the Field Blur section and adjust slider and increase the blur.

Step Four

You may notice a small circle in the document. It is called a Pin. By clicking throughout the document, you can add multiple pins and apply various blur settings throughout the image. The blur setting for each pin can be set by dragging the circle that surrounds the pin.

Step Five

You can also select the pin and change the value in the Blur Tools panel.

Step Six

To turn the Field Blur effect on and off, click the checkbox. A quick way to delete all of the pins is to click the Remove All Pins icon

Step Seven

To add an Iris Blur or Tilt-Shift Blur, click the triangle to next to the corresponding blur option. You can add multiple blurs to a single image.

Step Eight

Once you are satisfied, click OK and the blur is applied.

Deleting a Specific Pin

To remove a specific pin, click the pin and press the Delete key.

Temporarily Hiding Pins

To hide the pins so you can get a better view of your image, press Cmd/h (PC - Ctrl/h). Press Cmd/h (PC - Ctrl /h) a second time bo make the pins reappear. If you forget the keyboard shortcut, you can always choose View > Extras.


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