Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 A to Z: Tools and Features Illustrated Ready Reference

R: Radial Blur Filter Rulers

Radial Blur Filter

Menu: Editor: Filter > Blur > Radial Blur

Shortcut: -

OS: Mac, Windows

Version: 1, 2, 3, 4

See also: Filters

The Radial Blur filter, as one of the group of Blur filters, applies a directional blur to pictures to simulate either spinning or zooming the camera whilst the picture is being taken.

The dialog contains four controls. The Amount slider (1) determines the strength of the effect or the level of blur in the final result. The Blur Method options (2) allow the user to select between Spin (5) or Zoom (6) type blurs. The Quality options (3) determine the length of time taken to apply the effect and the level of quality in the final result. The Draft setting produces rough results quickly whereas the Best option creates a higher quality end product but takes more time. The Blur Center preview (4) not only provides a wire frame preview of the settings, but allows the user to reposition the center of the blur.

Radial Gradient Tool

Menu: -

Shortcut: G

OS: Mac, Windows

Version: 1, 2, 3, 4

See also: Gradients

Photoshop Elements has five different gradient types. All the options gradually change color and tone from one point in the picture to another.

The Radial Gradient (1) changes color from the center of a circle outwards and is drawn from the center point.

To create a gradient start by selecting the tool and the Radial Gradient...

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