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Hour 9. Moving Paint > Focus Tools

Focus Tools

Now turn your attention to the Focus tools. These tools, Blur and Sharpen, are great for touching up an image, fixing tiny flaws, and bringing items into sharper contrast. They can't save a really bad photo, but they can do wonders for one that's just a little bit "off." Sharpen can bring up the contrast to create the illusion of sharper focus, while Blur is most useful to rid the background of unwanted clutter and to de-emphasize parts of the picture that you don't want viewers to notice. The focus tools can be seen in Figure 9.4

The Blur Tool

The Blur tool, simply put, creates blurs in images. By blurs, I mean a softening or evening out of pixel values. Select the Blur tool from the Toolbox. Double-click it to invoke the Options palette (see Figure 9.5). When you are working with the Blur tool, you can temporarily select the Sharpen tool (and vice versa) by pressing Option (on Macintoshes) or Alt (on PCs).


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