Photoshop Zoom Blur

September 21st, 2011 by Mike Moats

Back In February of this year I was in Carlsbad, CA. for a couple weekends teaching my Macro Boot Camps, and I went to the San Diego Botanical Gardens to do a little shooting with some of the people that attended the boot camps. When I saw this flower I thought it was a good subject for using the Zoom Blur filter in Photoshop.

Here is the original image, I first did some clean up with the specks of debris, and filled in the gaps between the petals showing any background, and did a slight crop.

After doing the clean up in Photoshop Elements, I then clicked on Filters. In the next box clicked on Blur, and then clicked on Radial Blur. In the next box look for Zoom and click the circle next to it. Use the Amount slider to add or subtract the amount of the Zoom you want, and this is what I came up with.

After I got the zoom the way I wanted it, I went into Nik Software’s Viveza, and did some tweaking with the structure slider to bring out the details in the petals, and darkened and added structure in the dark center. Then popped the yellow a little more.

What do you think?

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