Radial Blur Your Face in Photoshop
● This tutoiral introduces Masking which can be a Difficult Concept.
● Learn about Duplicating Layers, the Quick Mask Tool, and Hue/Saturation.
✓ Masking ✓ Filters ✓ Image Adjustments
• This tutorial is part of the Photoshop Portrait Project.
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Project in PhotoShop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in PhotoShop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … make a New Layer BELOW your other layers.
✗ Import a picture of your face in the new layer.
Step #2: Visibility Off ~
✗ Turn OFF the visibility of all your other layers by clicking on the :
Step #3: Make a Duplicate ~
✗ Right-Click on the new face layer and make a duplicate copy.
Step #4: Quick Mask Mode ~
✗ Click on "Quick Mask" mode or hit the keyboard shortcut (Q) …
✗ … make sure your default colors are black and white by hitting the or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (d) …
✗ … then click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
✗ … click to open the Brush Preset picker …
✗ … and pick a soft round brush.
✗ Soft Brushes have fuzzy edges!
Step #5: Create the Masking Area ~
✗ Brush around the face, eyes & mouth.
Notice how in "Quick Mask" mode the brush paints red - that means the area is selected.
Step #6: Go Back to Standard Mode ~
✗ Go back to Standard Mode by clicking on the same button again or hit the keyboard shortcut (Q) …
✗ … and see the parts you brushed become selected.
Step #7: Select Inverse ~
✗ Then hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+i or go to: Select > Inverse.
Step #8: New Layer ~
✗ Now go to: Layer > New > Layer via Cut …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +J.
✗ Now you have 3 Layers!.
Step #9: Radial Blur ~
✗ Click on the layer with the hole in your face …
✗ … and go to: Filter » Blur » Radial Blur …
✗ … set to: Zoom, Quality: Best, adjust the Amount and change the Blur Center.
✗ Adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around - thats's the most important part …
✗ Experiment with the settings until you get a look you like …
Step #10: Cmd(⌘)+F ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F to repeat the filter …
Step #11: Use As Your Background ~
✗ Turn your other layers back on and use this as your background!
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.