Photoshop help please

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by rick snagwell, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    can anyone please do me a favor?

    my new fiancè and i are trying to make 'save the date' magnets, and we have a picture we would like to use on it, but just want the focus on us and the background blurred.

    if you can help me, please PM me, would rather not put the picture up there.

    thanks for any help!
  2. DUCKofD3ATH Suspended


    Jun 6, 2005
    Universe 0 Timeline
    Assuming you have Photoshop, select the portion of the photo you DON'T want blurred, then copy and paste into a new layer. (If you're not up to speed with Photoshop selection tools, here's a good tutorial: 8 Ways to Get the Selection You Want in Photoshop/ .)

    Now that the image of you and your fiancè is safe on a new layer, select the original layer and apply a Gaussian blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur...).

    That's it!
  3. photographypro macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2010
    American in Pisa (Italy)
    Use Iris blur in CS6

    If you have CS6, just use Iris Blur. Or you could try the new tilt-shift blur, but Iris will probably work best.
  4. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    There's a fancy way to grade the blur with a depth mask but I forget how to do it :( (I saw the trick on Digital Tutors, not sure if anyone else knows it).
  5. mumph macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Thanks for that insight. Although its actually an image editing suite and once you have edited your images you take them else where to use them. If you create a logo, advertisement or marketing piece solely in Photoshop, you should be shot.
  6. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2012
    Galatians 3:13-14
    I understand the sentiment, and I can't tell you the number of times I've seen layouts for brochures etc. built in Photoshop. I'm not a fan of that either, but apparently not everyone knows or cares about the old school methods of keeping vector as vector and raster as raster. IMO, that is the best way to do it, though raster effects in InDesign and Illustrator are very convenient and I have and will continue to use them. :)

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