Lesson 1

OBJECTIVE

The student will apply the Motion Blur filter to the Red bar layer and convert a layer into a Smart Object.

Lesson: Open a Blur filter

  1. Start Photoshop, display the Essentials workspace, open PS 8-1.psd from the from the Digital Design folder on the server
  2. Save your work to your folder on the server as PS_C8_L1_Sunflowers
  3. Click the Default Foreground and Background Colors button on the Tools panel to display the default settings [its a good habit to check Photoshop settings and display the rulers before you begin your work if youll need these features]
  4. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower LEFT layer on the Layers panel
  5. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower RIGHT layer on the Layers panel
  6. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower CENTER layer on the Layers panel
  7. Click the Red bar layer on the Layers panel to make it active
  8. Use the Zoom tool on the Application bar to increase the magnification to 200%
  9. Click Filter on the Application bar, point to Blur, then click Motion Blur the last filter applied to a layer appears at the top of the Filter menu

Summary: You set default foreground and background colors, hid three layers, then opened the Motion Blur dialog box

Lesson: Apply a Blur filter

  1. Position the red bar in the preview window with the Hand pointer, reduce or enlarge the image with the buttons beneath the preview window so it displays in the center the red bar image is repositioned from the lower area to the center of the preview window
  2. Verify that 0 is in the Angel text box in this case, increasing the angle results in a thicker bar
  3. Type 100 in the Distance text box you can also adjust the settings in the Motion Blur dialog box by dragging the Angle radius slider and Distance slider
  4. Click OK the Motion Blur filter is applied to the Red bar layer

Summary: You repositioned the Red bar layer in the preview window and then applied a Motion Blur filter to the layer

Lesson: Create a Smart Object

  1. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower RIGHT layer on the Layers panel
  2. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower CENTER layer on the Layers panel
  3. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Sunflower LEFT layer on the Layers panel
  4. Click the Sunflower RIGHT layer on the Layers panel [any layer can be turned into a Smart Object before you apply any filters to a layer, convert it to a Smart Object to give you full editing capabilities over your filter selections]
  5. Click Layer on the Application bar, point to Smart Objects, then click Convert to Smart Object
  6. Save your work

Summary: You restored the visibility of three layers and converted one of the layers into a Smart Object. The ability to turn layers on and off while working on an image means you can decrease distracting elements and concentrate on specific objects.