UNDER CONSTRUCTION


 

If you came here by clicking the ‘Online manual’ option in the PD Blurbox fly-out menu, I would like to thank you for purchasing PD Blurbox and supporting my efforts to create useful timesaving tools for Photoshop. If you came from the web, let me inform you; BlurBox is a Photoshop panel that gives direct access to some of Photoshop’s most used blur effects. It can be purchased via the adobe addons website.

In the following paragraphs I’ll explain the different PD Blurbox settings. Click on one of the links below to jump ahead to the subject of your interest.

About PD BlurBox

The panel enables you to:

Apply any of the blur effect multiple times.
Draw the Motion Blur direction (angle) directly on the canvas.
Draw the Radial Blur center point directly on the canvas.
Create a more cinematic blur effect with the Cumulative Zoom and Cumulative Spin methods.
Auto enhance the edges when blurring  selections.

Panel limitations:

The panel does not provide a real-time preview of the entered settings like the Photoshop blur gallery.

About Selections

manual_selectionsTo avoid obvious hard edges around the blurred area, PD BlurBox automatically tries to enhance a selection’s edge. This will create an irregular selected shape which usually results in a more pleasing transition between the blurred image and the original.

When a selection is active while applying a blur effect on a Smart Object, PD BlurBox will create a new layer above the Smart Object containing the blurred selection of the layer instead of creating a masked Smart Filter on the Smart Object itself. This will also result in a more pleasing edge-transition between the blurred image and the Smart Object.

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Tab: Normal

Normal Blur Tab
Normal Blur

Blur Settings

Blur Type: Gaussian Blur or Box Blur
Radius input range: 1 – 2000
Radius Slider range: 1 – 150

Click ‘Apply Blur’ to apply the selected blur effect with the entered settings on the active layer.

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Blur Types

manual_normal_comThe Gaussian Blur Filter will blur an image or selected area by an adjustable amount based upon a weighted average. The end result of a Gaussian blur is a hazy effect.

The Box Blur Filter uses a color average of nearby color values to blur an image. It looks for edges within an image. Two contrasting colors that are right next to each other will create an edge. A box blur can retain more of the definition in an image. The edges of the shapes will still be a little defined, therefore it can also create some (unwanted) distortions.

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Tab: Motion

Motion Blur
Motion Blur

Motion Blur Settings

The direction/angle of the Motion Blur can be entered manually or by using the angle slider.

The ‘Draw Angle’ button will activate the ruler tool to draw (click and drag) the desired direction/angle on the canvas.

The ‘Update Angle’ button will load the angle drawn with the ruler tool into the input field.

Angle input range: 0 – 360
Angle Slider range: -90 – 90

The blur-distance can be entered manually or by using the distance slider.

Distance input range: 0 – 2000
Distance Slider range: 0 – 2000

Click ‘Apply Motion Blur’ to apply the selected blur effect with the entered settings on the active layer.

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Tab: Radial

Radial Blur
Radial Blur

Radial Blur Settings

Blur Method: Spin, Zoom, Cumulative Spin, Cumulative Zoom.

Amount input range: 1-2000
Amount Slider range: 1-150

Center X and Center Y input fields.

The ‘Set Blur Center’ button will activate the ruler tool to draw (click and drag) the blur center on the canvas.

Note: The length of the ruler measurement is used to calculate the iterations of the Cumulative Blur effects.

The ‘Update Blur Center’ button will load the startposition of the line drawn with the ruler tool into the input field.

Click ‘Apply Radial Blur’ to apply the selected blur effect with the entered settings on the active layer.

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Blur Methods

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The Spin blur method revolves around the blur center point. The center point can be entered manually or drawn with the ruler tool by clicking and dragging. The length of the ruler is used by the ‘Limit to radius’ setting and is also used to calculate the number of repetitions when the ‘Cumulative Spin’ is applied.

Cumulative Spin

The cumulative blur effects work best with smaller blur values. Based on the length of the ruler the Radial Blur effect is applied multiple times (1-10) to create a greater blur variation between the center and the border of the image. A longer ruler will result in more repetitions.

Tick the ‘Limit to radius‘ box to blur only the part of the image within radius of the drawn ruler. Use the feather setting to create  a soft transition between the blurred- and the original image.

Tick the ‘None destructive‘ option to leave the original layer in tact and apply the blur effect to a copy of the selection on a new layer.

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Zoom
The Spin blur method creates a motion blur effect pointed at the blur center point. The center point can be entered manually or drawn with the ruler tool by clicking and dragging. The length of the ruler is used by the ‘Limit to radius’ setting and is used to calculate the number of repetitions when the ‘Cumulative Zoom’ is applied.

Cumulative Zoom

The cumulative blur effects work best with smaller blur values. Based on the length of the ruler the Radial Blur effect is applied multiple times (1-10) to create a greater blur variation between the center and the border of the image which results in a more cinematic zoom effect. A longer ruler results in more repetitions.

Tick the ‘Limit to radius‘ box to blur only the part of the image within radius of the drawn ruler. Use the feather setting to create a soft transition between the blurred- and the original image.

Tick the ‘None destructive‘ option to leave the original layer in tact and apply the blur effect to a copy of the selection on a new layer.

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Tab: Basic

Basic Blurs (without parameters)
Basic Blurs (without parameters)

Blur Settings
No input is required to use the basic blur functions.

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