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Using Focal Blur Effectively -TUTORIAL- by Kitchiki Using Focal Blur Effectively -TUTORIAL- by Kitchiki
I've been seeing a lot of images that use focal blur that IN MY OPINION could have possibly used other methods to reach their full potential! I created this guide that might help some figure out when to use it and when not to! 

Also I just wanna say the focal blur is never really NEEDED but it can create a cool effect if that's what you're going for! I tend to use it a lot!

Also, this is all from what I've learnt and my own opinions! You may have other ideas and that's entirely fine!! 

OOH while I'm here I forgot to mention on the tutorial, gaussian blur is NOT the same as focal blur! It will create a very different effect! 

ADIOS, HOPE IT HELPS!
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Shembre Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is very awesome! The other concepts that you mentioned to create focus are things I've been trying to focus on lately. :aww:
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DRGNFL Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks a lot :D
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Shodanicron Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to help others! Much appreciated! 

Seanie
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orchidkitty Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This was helpful:)
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TwistyTheTwisted Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know any other art programs or sites that let you use focal blur for free? I don't exactly have the money for photoshop...
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floravola Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually they released the CS2 version for free, you just need to make an account
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xNocturnalKittenX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I haven't used it in years but GIMP is a free program that has a lot of blurs and filters available. 
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Kitchiki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
hmm honestly I'm not sure! But hopefully the alternative methods might help ya! 
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GrumpyIcicle Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful, thank you!
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xrainxofxbloodx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It's funny you posted this the day after I finished a piece where I used focal blur for the first time. XD
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Jahpan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I love the focal point effect haven't used it before! But sometimes don't you feel it covers the details of the background? Do you ever save a copy of both with and without the effect? Just curious ^^
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Kitchiki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
I usually don't detail backgrounds much if I know I'm going to focal blur! I usually lay down swabs of colour and make very rough layouts that'll simulate the shapes I want when blurred! 
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Jahpan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ohh ok ^^
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CassandraAltman14 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU THIS WAS REALLY HELPFUL!
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Kitchiki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
No problem!!
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CassandraAltman14 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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Kuro-Shikoku Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist
Thank you. It was really helpful :o
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Kitchiki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
No problem!!
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space-picnics Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
YOUR TUTORIALS ARE LIKE....... THE BIBLE
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Kitchiki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
I am so happy to hear that!!
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space-picnics Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
IM GLAD THANKS
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