After I processed the original Nasturtium image (see below) I felt that some of the petals looked “blotchy”. I wanted to soften them up and create a piece of art from my photo so I added a slight bit of Photoshop’s Zoom Blur Filter to the image.
Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Nasturtium
When I apply any kind of filter to an image I almost always start by duplicating the layer so that I can reduce the opacity of the effect that I am applying and also have the option to use a layer mask.
To access the Zoom Blur Filter go to Filter> Blur> Radial Blur and choose zoom. You can also click and drag the grid to move it. Once I applied the filter I revealed some of the center area with a layer mask.
You can do a lot of different things with the Zoom Blur Filter in Photoshop. I use it often and have found a boat load of creative uses for it. To learn more about the ways that I use the Zoom Blur Filter check out my newest filter guide “Creative Filters & Effects” edited by Carol Carson.