How to Use Iris Blur in Photoshop CS6

Posted on February 11th, 2013 | 6 Comments

Iris Blur in Photoshop. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Iris Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This is new features in the Blur Gallery that lets you retain focus on a certain part of your image, and blur out the rest. Although this is possible to achieve even in the older versions of Adobe Photoshop, however, CS6 comes with more sophisticated features that are more flexible and give you more control over the effect. Kudos to Adobe Photoshop CS6.

1. Open whatever image you would like to work on in Photoshop. This is the image we will be using for creating the Iris blur effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6:


2. Go to: Filter > Blur Iris Blur.

3. You will see four large dots that allow you to manipulate the Iris Blur effect in Adobe Photoshop. You can try playing around with these dots. You will notice the focus remains the highest in the center point of these four dots. If you expand them, a greater portion of the image is focused on. It’s actually pretty straight forward and intuitive too at the same time.

4. When you select the Iris Blur tool feature in Adobe Photoshop CS6, the selection is oval in shape by default. However, you can drag around the diamond shaped vertex to even cover a rectangular portion of the image as shown below:

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5. Also, you will notice two rings positioned in the center of your selection. The outer ring allows you to control the amount of blur surrounding the selection. Take note here that the outer ring comprises of two colors; the slightly black part, and the somewhat off-white part. If you left-click onto the off-white part and then move your mouse in the clock-wise direction with the left mouse button still pressed down, the amount of blur surrounding your selection will increase. Similarly, if you do the same thing but this time in the counter-clockwise direction, the amount of blur surrounding your selection will decrease. This is a pretty sick effect you will find in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

6. Instead of using the dial to control the amount of blur as you did before, if you are willing to set a rather precise value to the blur (in pixels) you can do that just as well from the Blur Slider found in Blur Tools.

7. Also, you will notice the oval boundary consisting of four vertices. You can drag around these vertices to expand your oval in either of the two directions. You can also use any of the vertex to rotate the oval to cover whatever angle of the image you like.

8. Also, one more awesome feature that comes in the awesome Iris Tool package is that you are not bound to have the center point of selection focused to a complete 100 percent. Instead,

That’s it, babe.

Final Result:


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