This is a super quick technique that you can have a LOT of fun with, whether you are using Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements – it will make your photo POP!
We are going to use a fun filter called “Radial Blur”. Have you used this before? There are a bazillion (literally, I’ve counted) ways to use this fun filter, and since you are all Photoshop gurus, I’m sure you’ll feel comfy playing along with me 🙂
1. Open a photo – ANY PHOTO! We’re here to play! This is a shot off my back deck during a gorgeous sunset. You will need to create a duplicate of your background layer by clicking on “Layer>Duplicate” or just click on the background image on your layers palette and drag and drop onto the little dog-eared square and it will do the same thing.
2. Go to the top of the page and click on “Filter>Blur>Radial Blur”
3. This little screen will pop up. Choose the settings I have below ( Amount – 100, Blur Method- Spin, Quality – Good). You can move the Blur center around. Click OK.
4. Now you can play around with the blur layer! I played with erasing parts of the blur layer, and changing the blending mode from “normal” to “overlay”. Have fun with this step! If you are working in Photoshop, you can apply a layer mask and play with even more control!
When you are happy with it, flatten and save!
I also tried it with choosing “zoom” instead of “spin” as the blur method in step 3 an got a different effect:
Kinda fun! Have fun playing with this – I’d love to see your results!