neverfoolmyself: hello! i have been eager to know how you make these edits: /post/40287013884 - /post/33643445532/ - /post/33596019566 i kid you not i have tried so many times with gaussian blur effect with my screen caps but they just don't come out as good as yours? honestly its so simple but its amazing. i would really love if you could explain briefly what you do exactly to get the effect. and like the textures you used what would you recommened. thank you very very much!
first of all, thank you so much. then moving on to the actual “tutorial”. it’s really super basic:
- you’ll need a cap (obviously), but try using a HQ one. this is not essential since we’ll be blurring out the picture but it is better using a HQ screencap because of the coloring, definition and all that. homeofthenutty and grande-caps are two galleries i seriously recommend when looking for caps, basically because they have a wide selection of tv shows and movies (specially grande-caps) and all the caps are in amazing quality (specially homeofthenutty).
- then, the next step, is to do some basic editing. if you’ve read any of my other tutorials you’re most likely familiar with this term. this basically means doing some cropping, resizing and, finally, coloring. BUT will be adding a step before coloring this time and that’ll be adding some grain (filter > texture > grain). in general, the intensity may vary between 8-12 for this type of edit, but it’s really up to you: whether you like it a bit harsh of more soft looking. make sure, though, to keep the contrast at 50 and the grain type soft. you can now color your cap.
- next comes the actual blur process and this maybe a bit tricky. my advice would be to use blur more (filter > blur > blur more) a couple of times when you want to still be able to distinguish many details of your screencapture, for instance, like i did with this one (this is the best way to use blur when working with close up caps). on the other hand, if you’re looking for a harsher look, very blurry, try gaussian blur (filter > blur > gaussian blur). never use it with more than 2 or 3 pixels. but if you want it a bit more soft looking and still maintain the same type of blur, make an extra layer of your background (your screencap) and apply the gaussian blur on that duplicate layer. then just reduce the fill - or the opacity, if you want, but i always prefer change the fill settings instead - a bit. that’s the way i made this.
- all you have to do next is apply a grainy texture and my absolute favourites are the ones from this pack by northerdawn (or, basically, try any other grainy texture pack by her). i literally use all of this so much, it is insane.
AND THAT’S IT. i hope that was helpful!
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How to achieve something like this:
Anonymous: hi! :) could you make a tutorial on how to make like, that blurry effect on the background? like in the last edit of dianna you posted :) I've been trying to figure out but I just don't know :/
ok, let me just try to explain this real simple:
- just edit your photo like you normally would (this includes coloring + sizing + sharpening) and make sure to right-click and select “flatten image” if you are using several layers. this is the one i’m working with.
- now duplicate the layer of your edited photo and use the gaussian blur to blur the copy. it should look like this (i set my radius to 20 pixels, btw). remember that you are still working with 2 layers so your layers window should look like this.
- deselect (eye thingy) your blurred layer and use any tool to select what you want to NOT be blurred at the end. in this case we what to exclude Emma from the blurriness. this is how it should look like.
- select (eye thingy) your blurred layer once again. you’ll see that what you selected previously will still be selected. it should look like this.
- using the eraser tool, erase what is selected. you musy click on the blurred layer now (in order to select it - like this) or else you won’t be able to erase. it should look something like this.
- after that you can make any adjustments you want. to personalize it a bit more, you know. this is the finished product.