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Blur and Sharpen Effects

The Blur effect softens the overall look of your objects. These effects can make objects appear to be in the distance or to be less prominent in the image. Although these effects are most effective when used on pixel-based or bitmap images, they do also alter patterns, textures, and gradients that are applied to vector objects. Because the Blur effect works by altering the black and white information in your image into variations of gray, some of the image detail is lost as the contrasting tones in the image soften:

1.
Open the file named blureffects.png from the Effects folder (see Figure 7.12).

Figure 7.12. The Blur effects.


2.
To apply the Blur effect or Blur More effect, click the original photo of my brother and me and select Blur or Blur More from the Effect Category pop-up list.

3.
When you examine this figure, you can see that the difference between Blur and Blur More are subtle.

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To apply the Gausian Blur effect, select Gausian Blur from the Effect Category pop-up list. The Gausian Blur dialog box appears.

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You can slide the Blur Radius slider to the right, which increases the blur radius, or to the left to decrease the amount of blur in the image.

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The Preview check box allows you to disable preview for faster results.


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