The Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6

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In this tutorial, I explain the differences between the three new blurs in the Blur Gallery that have been added to Photoshop CS6; Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift. Plus, if you’re running Photoshop CS6 13.1, available to Creative Cloud members, you can now apply these blurs to Smart Objects!

The New Blurs

Field Blur works great when you want to focus on an area of your photo, such as the foreground or background. A field blur was added to the image below in order to focus more on the mountains.

Blur Gallery Field Blur

Iris Blur can be used to focus in on an individual object, leaving the rest of the scene blurry. In the image below, an Iris Blur was added to keep the golf ball in focus, and blur out the background.

Blur Gallery Iris Blur

Tilt-Shift blurs can be added in order to give the impression that your subjects are part of a miniaturized scene, as seen in the image below.

Blur Gallery Tilt-Shift

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  • Elena Niculescu

    i have an issue: i convert to smart object but the new field iris and tilt shift blurs aren’t available, what could I do?

  • IceflowStudios

    As mentioned in the video, the new blurs can only be applied to Smart Objects in CS6 13.1 for Creative Cloud members. If you’re a member, make sure to update Photoshop. If not, you won’t be able to apply the blurs to Smart Objects.

  • Elena Niculescu

    So if I am not a CC member there’s nothing I can do. It was worth a try though, the new blurs are a lot of FUN! I use online photo editors for effects and now I can use photoshop to make my fave effects. Thank you!

  • IceflowStudios

    You can still apply the new blurs, just not to Smart Objects.

  • Elena Niculescu

    Yes sir I understood, watched your video and tried them on. I’m a happy subscriber. I just thought I could make the smart obj. work without the CC membership that’s why I asked. I’ll have fun anyway:)

  • Kevin Shannon

    whys it so blurry ???????????

  • Dennis Smit

    This is really great, very good and clear explanation of the filters. Thanks Howard;-)