We transform boring photos in Photoshop

?Do you know that it is actually quite easy to create an illusion that can change the world around you before your eyes? Now you can do it! In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the blur tools of Photoshop to play with depth of field and environmental perception in order to create interesting 3D effects, as well as motion effects!

So let’s get started!

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3D Rose Petals

Step 1

In order to convert the original image with rose petals into an illusion, as if they are falling around you, we need to apply a depth of field effect to our image. Open the original image with rose petals in Photoshop. Double click on the layer to unlock it. Next, create a new layer, fill it with white, place this layer below the layer with rose petals.

Step 2

Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), create an active selection around several petals. While selecting, hold down the ‘Shift’ key to select several petals at a time. Next, right-click on the selected area and in the window that appears, select Copy to new layer (Layer via Copy) to place the selected petals on a separate layer, name this layer ‘Foreground’. Now, once again with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), create a circular selection in the center of the image with rose petals. Next, right-click on the selected area and in the window that appears, select the option Copy to new layer (Layer via Copy) to place the selected petals in the center on a separate layer, name this layer ‘Background’ name the last layer name Middle ’.

Step 3

We have created three separate layers, now we have petals for the foreground, middle, and background. Go to middle layer, press keys (Ctrl + T) to activate tool Free transformation (Free Transform), further, rotate the image, and then enlarge the image so that the petals on this image are much larger than the petals in the background. When you’re done, repeat the whole process for the petals in the foreground, making them much larger than the petals on the middle ground.

Step 4

Let’s add depth of field. Go to the ‘Foreground’ layer, then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 25 px. Now go to the ‘Medium’ layer, then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 8 px. We leave the central part with the petals unchanged to create a beautiful depth of field effect.

That’s it, we created a 3D effect for rose petals!

2. Fast Rotating Clock

Step 1

For our second illusion, we will add the effect of movement to the hands of a wall clock to create a sense of rotation! Open the original image in Photoshop. Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), carefully create an active selection around the hands of the clock, then right-click on the selected area and in the window that appears, select the option Cut to new layer (Layer via Cut).

Step 2

Duplicate the arrow layer. Next, go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Set the method Annular (Spin) with value Degrees (amount) 40, and also set Quality (quality) The best (Best). Duplicate the rotating arrow layer to darken the effect.

Step 3

Next, with the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), create an active selection around the dial. Use the tool Free transformation (Free Transform), so that the selected area is ideally suited for the watch face.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Once again we expose the method Annular (Spin) with value Degrees (amount) 15 as well Quality (quality) The best (Best).

And we have completed the effect of a rapidly rotating clock that makes your head spin! So let’s move on to the last illusion.

3. A prominent image of a retro car

Step 1

For our last illusion, we will highlight the blue retro car on the original image by means of frontal blurring and background blur of the whole scene. Using tool Frame (Crop Tool (C), crop the image so that the borders of the image pass through the green car in the foreground.

Step 2

Next, go Filter – Blur – Tilt-Shift (Tilt-Shift) (Filter> Blur> Tilt Shift), and then set the angle of the blur so that only the green car in the foreground is blurred, but not the blue car or the cars in the background. Add a blur of 15px, and then click ‘OK’.

Step 3

Next, with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), select the area in the background behind the blue car, including the cars and trees in the background.

Next, we will apply a soft blur to the background behind our main machine, so we will separate our retro car from the background. First, right-click on the selected background and in the window that appears, select the option Copy to new layer (layer via copy) to create a duplicate of the layer with the background, then, being on the duplicate of the layer, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply a blur radius of 2 px.

And that’s it! Now the blue retro car stands out in the photo! We have completed the lesson. Creating illusions is a very easy process when you know how to use the blur tools of Photoshop. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and you learned more about depth of field. Now you can create your own illusions!

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