If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big 1920 x 1080 px). I used Photoshop CC here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. But most of things may be the same in all PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials like this, so stay tuned. And if you like it, then you can fav this article. Thank you and enjoy. I hope it's helpful. More tutorials by me you can see in feature below.
BLUR GALLERY - TILT-SHIFT
I decided to show Tilt-Shift blur using my logo... I really like this blur because it imitates camera "focus" (like in macro photography) pretty well. I use it when I need to make focus differences like in this example above or in my drawings. On Image 1 I added my logo on new layer. So it was separated from grey background. I went to Filter/ Blur Gallery/ Tilt-Shift for this blur (in CS6 you probably have this blur under Blur menu).
When the Blur menu will show then you'll see it like on Image 2. You can move and rotate the blur lines... on Image 3 I described that process. In the middle you can see small circle. If you move line in the circle left or right you will change Blur radius/ strength. Un-blurred part will be to the first line (full line...not striped line). From the full to the striped line you'll have fading part. From the 0% of blur and to the blur % which you set. You can move and rotate it under angles/ length which you wish. Below striped part you'll have fully blurred image.
And when I applied blur effect to the logo I usually edit it a bit, so that it would look like it was photographed on a flat surface. I add dark gradients with Gradient tool and I use Multiply layer mode. Lighter parts I add with white color on Overlay layer mode. For the end I add a little bit of noise (under Filter/ Noise/ Add Noise...). You can see that on Image 4. The end result you can see on Image 5.
CUSTOMIZING BRUSH 2
On the second part on the image you can edit Texture. You can add texture on your brush if you wish...you can edit textures when you click on Image at the top of the tool. You can also import your own texture.
And on the last part of the image you can add Dual brush. For example...when you edit your own brush add all effects which you wanted and then if you want shape, texture...or something else...you can add second brush. So your brush will be combined with other one.
In the latest finished image above I used 50-300mm Zoom and Movie Prime Lens Flare. I usually have more layers when I add effects like these, so I erase some parts which I don't need.
MASK TOOL - LAYER MASK
I decided to move angel a little left. So I used mask tool and erased all parts around her which I didn't need. See that on Image 2. Striped lines are marking the image...everything around striped lines is erased.
On the last image I simply made some random brush strokes. I used Brush tool and white color on the Mask layer. Everything what's marked with yellow color is erased. You can see that when I used Brush tool that image became visible again...even that I erased it. Click on layer image, next to the Mask layer when you wish to draw or edit original layer.