How to use the shape blur filter in Photoshop tutorial

How to use the shape blur filter in Photoshop with custom shapes 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 shapes)

  6. OK

The shape blur filter in Photoshop can be used to create the most unique and weird and wonderful blurring effects in Photoshop.


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The shape blur filter tool can use the Photoshop vector designs (CSH presets) as source for a blur effect using different radii. You can find the filter via the filter menu and blurs.


The result can be more or less successful depending on the path selected. The shapes appear in the standard presets panel in the tool so you can quickly load any vector path you want to use especially if you have 100s of different CSH sets


low settingLow settings for the effecy - you don't need to use the high settings for the blurs - 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 blurry effect can be created in seconds - especially if you record the effect and add it to the actions for use in future projects


blurredIf you want a totally blurred image where there is little of the original image left then use the a High setting - blast the entire image using high settings in Photoshop.


Goto the filter menu and blurs and use the effect 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 blurred in image.


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. Goto the filter menu and blur category and apply the effect - set the radius for the effect and set the source to one of the presets (it can be any of them but many unique blurs can be created by using a straight line or rounded or tangled presets) and click ok and then goto the select menu and deselect.


channelsYou don't have to use the effect on the same Photoshop 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, goto the Window menu and then select the channels to display the channels panel.


Select the red channel and then goto 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


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 blur effects as well as combine the effect with tools such as oil paint filter and camera raw etc as well as image adjustments added to only that image


typeAll the above can also be added to type in PS. Create some text and then add the effect to the text either using it as a smart object / filter 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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