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.

Learn About:

Masking Filters Image Adjustments

• This tutorial is part of the Photoshop Portrait Project.

Other People's Work:

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 arrow or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (d) …

… then click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

brush tool

… 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

new layer

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +J.

cmd key + shift key + j key

Now you have 3 Layers!.

Step #9: Radial Blur ~

Click on the layer with the hole in your face …

middle layer

… and go to: Filter » Blur » Radial Blur

radial blur filter

… 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

save as .psd

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.