How to use the shape blur filter in Photoshop tutorial

How to use the shape blur filter in Photoshop tutorial (CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc).

Shape blur filter in Photoshop

how to use shape blur filter in Photoshop with custom shapes
  1. Filter menu in Photoshop (to access the shape blur filter to use with the CSH custom shapes)

  2. Blurs category

  3. Shape blur filter

  4. Set radius

  5. Select the shape to use (or load new Photoshop shapes)

  6. OK

 

Video tutorial on the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

Basics : menuThe tool can use the vector designs (CSH presets) as source for all kinds of amazing effects in seconds. Use the presets to create radically different artworks with the radii setting - choose from thin line designs, circular artwork, thin designs, frames, tangled artwork, sketched, stars and many more - the sources are infinite.

 

You can create smudged, horizontal effects, vertical effects, shimmered effects and much more using the tool.

 

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Low settings for the effect : low settingYou don't need to use the high settings - set the value to something like 16 or 10 and then re-apply over and over - not only that, by using a low value and then combining that with other effects and perhaps using different presets with each apply, an unique effect can be created in seconds - especially if you record the effect and add it to the actions for use in future projects

 

High setting for backgrounds : blurredIf you want a totally zapped image where there is little of the original image left then use the a High setting - blast the entire image using high settings.

 

Goto the tool and select a preset and it really doesn't matter which one you choose if you set the radius to 500 etc as the image will be totally gone (unless you are using it with something really huge)

 

The result is much the same and is not dependent on the custom shape. Actually, mid range settings can result in all kinds of gradients as well as just a totally smudged image.

 

Selections to control range of effect : selectionsYou can use the effect with the entire image but you don't need to, you can add a selection such as perhaps focus on the person in the image and then add the effect to the rest of the image or perhaps the person. You can use any number of tools to select the area

 

For example, go to the select menu and then use the color range and then set the fuzziness to 200 and sampler colors and then apply the SBF via the filter menu - set the radius for the effect and set the source to one of the presets (it can be any of them but many unique effects can be created by using a straight line or rounded or tangled presets) and click OK and then go to the select menu and deselect. The result will show more or less of the original design.

 

Layer masks : maskApply the effect to a layer and you can use layer masks. You can also use the tool with layer masks to control how much or how little is shown of the layer as well as then the effect (though anything visible will still have the same settings applied).

 

The layer mask can be filled with gradients, brushes as well as the effect itself applied to those. Make certain that you apply the tool to the image layer (though it can also be used on the mask as well)

 

Video Time lines : time lineYou can use the SBF on video time lines by using the video as a smart object and adding the SBF to all the frames.

 

Channels : channelsYou don't have to use the effect on the same color channels. You can select the red channel and add the effect with one path and one radius and then use the effect again on the green channel with the same or different settings and so on.

 

For example, go to the Window menu and then select the channels to display the channels panel.

 

Select the red channel and then go to the effect and apply a radius and a preset. Goto to the green channel and then apply the effect again but change the radius and set it to a different preset and then repeat with the blue channel. Go to the panel and change back to RGB

 

Multiple effects and smart filters : hrdYou can select any image and convert it into a smart object via the layer menu convert command.

 

You can then add one or more of the effects as well as combine the effect with tools such as oil paint and camera raw etc as well as image adjustments added to only that image

 

Filter mask and layer : maskYou can use the effect with a layer and then convert the layer into a smart object. Apply the tool again with any preset. Goto to the layer menu / entry and then to the filter mask. It is the white box on the line of the smart filters. Select that thumbnail and now add a gradient or black / grayscale brush strokes to the image.

 

Go back to the layer entry. You will then see parts of the effect applied and parts of the layer not touched by the effect.

 

Type and the effect : typeAll the above can be added to type in PS. Create some text and then add the effect to the text either using it as a smart object or as just a pure image.

 

The results on type can be very variable and it is quite easy to totally wipe out the small letters in any page etc of text.

 

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