Gaussian blur, other blur, no blur

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by John McWilliams, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. I am working on finishing up a team photo- a HS, UAS football type of
    picture, where there are several rows of players in uniform, looking
    stolidly ahead, etc. nothing too unusual about it, except the lighting:
    Fill flash was used, but the light was very late afternoon, diffuse
    through partial cloud cover, and almost straight on the subjects. It
    wasn't too hard to get the color balance right, but it seemed counter
    intuitive to set the temp in PS (actually Lightroom) to around 4,000
    when the 'warmth' was so apparent. Anyway, that's an aside.

    The matter I am trying to deal with is at the top of the photo, and at
    the top sides, where the bleacher seats are very apparent, and quite in
    focus. They are raised and painted aluminum seats on concrete, so that
    you see about a two inch horizontal strip of purple every couple of feet
    in the places no one is seated. I've tried Gaussian blur at various
    levels, but am not thrilled with the results. I've thought of adding a
    gradient, but not sure where to go on that. At the top will be large
    letters with the team name.

    It'll look all right if I don't do any blur or other technique to lessen
    the impact of the horizontal lines, or so I believe, as it's not been
    done in years before, and most folks looking at it will see the players
    they know, and not be concerned with what I see as a glaring deficiency....

    Or will they?
    John McWilliams, Nov 20, 2006
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    mike Guest

    John McWilliams said what... on 11/20/2006 12:54 PM:

    what about using the lens blurr tool (CS and above I believe) with the
    cutout of the team being the mask? It's very configurable so you might
    get some favorable results.

    mike, Nov 20, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Often when blurring or darkening does not get the look you (or the customer)
    wants, you can get away with desaturating the background. In this case that
    would get rid of the distracting purple color. After that, try a little
    darkening perhaps to make the seats stand out less.
    Mike Russell, Nov 20, 2006
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