Photoshop Zoom Blur

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
I was shooting at the San Diego Botanical Gardens when I saw this flower and I thought it was a good subject for using the Zoom Blur filter in Photoshop.
Here is the original image, I started with some clean up with the specs 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 place your cursor on “Blur”, and then click 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 Softwares 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.
This effect works best with the flowers center placed in the middle of the frame like you see in these two images.
Here is another example.

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  1. Thanks so much for this. I just had a go on an image of mine of a white feather on a black background … It looks good. Eileen

  2. Elizabeth P Lawlor says:

    many thanks for your photos…they’re beautiful….I’m looking for some new techs….how did you do the zoom blur?….not being a “hi-tech” pro, I need some help getting started with this kind of work Liz

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