Photoshop Spin and Zoom blur on the background of a photo

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you going to show us today? Today I’m going to show you how to do some
cool blur effects for your sports photos. I created this collage using the
urban grunge set. One of my customers asked how did you this blur? So I wanted to show
you how to do that today. We are going to start with our original picture. The original
picture had a background that was a little bit distracting because it was so in focus
and you can see the people behind watching. So I just wanted to make it a little bit blurred.
The first thing I did was I pull up my picture and I made a duplicate. This is my background
and I made a duplicate by dragging my layer on top of this create layer box. So now I
have two. I’m going to call one. I’m going to label these so we can keep track of them.
I’m going to call one spin and I’m going to call the other one zoom. I also want to duplicate
my background layer and just have an extra copy of that. It’s going to go up here. I’m
going to drag it up to the top and I’m going to turn it off. For my spin background, I’m
going to come up here, filter, blur, radial blur and I’m going to click on this button
that says spin and let’s try 10 and see how it looks. So that looks pretty good but can
still kind of make out what’s back here and the people watching the game. This would be
ok or maybe you might want to make it a little bit more intense. I’m going to undo that and
then I’m going to go back and do filter, blur, radial blur and let’s try 17. That looks good
to me. It’s kind of hard to make out what’s going on in the background so I like that
better. Now let’s come up to this is only if you want to do a zoom blur as well. I’m
going to come up to my zoom while I’m working on this and I’m going to do filter, blur,
radial blur and I’m going to come to zoom. Now for these you need a little bit more intense
so I’m going to do, I practiced this earlier so I know that I like 64. This picture is
a pretty high resolution so you need to play with this and get it to how you want it to
look. So I have my zoom blur and I think that looks pretty good, so now if I turn my background
layer on you can see that I have my regular photo. What I want to do with this is I want
to turn it back on and add a mask and this is your mask button and then I’m going to
fill it with black. So I’m going to switch this out, put black on the top and then I’m
going to make sure this is highlighted, alt backspace and it makes this black so it really
it basically just hiding what you see here. Then you come over to your brush tool and
you find a soft brush, click back on your picture, decide how big you want it to be
and you just start brushing this with white, so you are going to make sure the white is
on top, until your player starts coming in and you are just going to brush around and
for his legs and the bat you are going to make it smaller. And I kind of like a little
bit of the blur being on him. If you want to make it a straight line, click it then
shift and click and it would make a straight line blur. I’m going to make this a little
bit bigger and just, I’m going to start adding back in part of my blur. If I change it to
black and then I just come around here and I come around to the parts where I think I
took too much of it away, right in through here. Then click my left bracket and make
this smaller, swap, I’m going to click there and then shift and click to where I think
the end of the bat is. I still have my shift down. Then I’m going to swap it and make this
a little bit bigger and just bring a little bit back and shift, because I want this to
be really blurry around the bat and then I have this mask and that is showing my player
and then if I decide I want spin instead of zoom I can just turn off zoom and spin is
behind it. That’s pretty easy and it’s a good way to be able to make a different background
without having to extract the image and do a lot of work with that. I think it turns
out pretty nice and it’s a lot of fun. The only next step I would do is I would crop
this. Sometimes you want a little bit space in front of the face of the player and I don’t
want to crop out his bat so about a quarter inch all around and a little bit of extra
space in front of him and I’m just going to crop it and I’m happy with that. Hopefully
you will enjoy using this and you can show me some of the techniques you do with it. Hey that was easy. Thanks for watching. If
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  1. bboymummy August 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful tutorial, easy to understand and very very well-explained!!! Going to my favorites right now!!! =P

  2. Luke Abi September 12, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Hey nice vid….thanx man

  3. EASYdigitals October 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I don't use GIMP, so I don't know.

  4. le ti May 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    i used to do that blur effect but forgot and could never figure out how to do it
    then i finaly came to your video and it was as simple as going to filter..i just forgot which one.
    thanks again!
    keep up the great work!

  5. EASYdigitals August 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm


  6. riverhilltower September 6, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    You're a Genius!!! Thanks!!!

  7. kian abello September 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    salamat = (thank you)

  8. Dewey Tomoiaga December 5, 2009 at 5:06 am

    this is helpful if your a noob at photoshop

  9. caz catcha June 5, 2010 at 6:50 am


  10. Micheal Ross October 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    THIS WAS SO HELPFUL!!! thanks!

  11. Jagdish kotak August 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

    that video helpful

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