Apr 4, 2014

Photo App Friday - Creative Blur and an Effexy App Giveaway!

It's Photo App Friday and I'm here to share a way to use Snapseed and Effexy to get a creative blur effect. Also, don't forget to Tweet one of your favorite photo apps and hashtag it #photoappfriday. I'm looking forward to finding some I don't already know about.

If you have a USA iTunes account, keep reading to find out how you can win a promo code for Effexy (used in this tutorial).

I really love this image just as it is, but with the method below I can get a little different result. 

iphoneography by Geri Centonze

Step 1 - Open the image in Effexy and click on the + sign at the top. Open the Effex folder and select Zoom Lite. Pinch the image to create a custom zoom. For my image I had the Blurring and Intensity sliders set to maximum. Click the arrow in the upper right hand corner and Save Image.


Creative Blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 2 - Open the image in Snapseed and select Tilt Shift. For Style choose Elliptical. Center on your area of focus. Slide your finger up to reveal the Tilt Shift adjustment menu and adjust Blur Strength, Brightness, Saturation and Contrast. Save.

Creative Blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 3 - Open the Snapseed version in Sketch Club. To do this press the arrow in upper right hand corner and choose New. Select the size of the "Sketch". In the upper left hand corner select the Layers icon and select Load Image. Choose your saved Snapseed version. On the layer BELOW the Snapseed version, load your original image. On the top center, you will find the tool menu - select Eraser and choose a soft-edged brush for your eraser. Erase the center of the image to reveal the in focus image below. Save.

Creative Blur Tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 4 - (Optional) Open the image in Snapseed again and apply Center Focus and adjust to suit your image. I added a bit more blur and vignette around the borders.

Creative Blur Tutorial by Geri Centonze

Below is another unedited image:

Creative blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 1 - Add Zoom Lite in Effexy

Creative blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 2 - Add Elliptical Tilt Shift in Snapseed

Creative blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 3 - Layer Snapseed version over original in Sketch Club and erase the center of the image to reveal original.

Creative blur tutorial by Geri Centonze

Step 4 (Optional) - This time I wanted to add a bit of a grunge effect, so I opened the image in Snapseed and selected Grunge from the menu. I chose a Style number that was around 1430. Slide your finger up and down over the screen of your device to reveal the Grunge adjustment menu and customize Brightness, Contrast, Texture Strength and Saturation. For this image I then applied Center Focus one more time. Save.

iPhoneography by Geri Centonze

Apps Mentioned:

Snapseed 
Effexy 
Sketch Club


If you have a USA iTunes account and would like to win one of ten promo codes for a copy of Effexy, just leave a comment below - Random winners will be drawn on April 5th at 9 AM PDT.


UPDATE - Congrats to the winners:
ShawnY
Davinia
AlanH
A7medsh3baan
Anya
RJ
J.Cyr
Chris Monty
Edin
Meri Walker


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24 comments:

  1. Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks and good luck with the draw - I just updated the post and you must have a USA iTunes account to win. I think you do??

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  3. Hi Edin - Thank you! If you'd like to enter the drawing for a copy of Effexy you need to have an account for the USA iTunes store. Hope you do!

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  4. Cool tutorial! I like the way you use snapseed to 'tame' the effect.

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  5. Thanks Meri - You're a doll! If you like I can enter your name anyway and you can give it to a friend if you win - let me know

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  6. Thanks! It definitely need some refining =)

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  7. Great - I will enter you into the draw!

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  8. You're welcome RJ! - I'll add your name into the drawing for the Effexy app.

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  9. Thank you so much Geri for this tutorial!

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  10. Ahh, never thought of giving it away to a friend! Great idea, Geri. Add my name to the drawing and I'll give it away with pleasure if I happen to win.

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  11. Thanks for the great tutorial, Geri. I'd like to toss my name into the hat for a chance to win Effexy. And, yes, I do have a USA iTunes account. Thank you.

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  12. Great Alan! Good luck with the drawing!

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  13. Do you have this one already?

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  14. You're welcome Anya - Good luck with drawing.

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  15. I have ten codes to give away so your odds are looking pretty good

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  16. Great tutorial Geri, I have Effexy but haven't used it much, need to remedy that after seeing your wonderful images.

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  17. If you like I can add your name to the drawing and you can give the promo code to a friend

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  18. Can't wait to try the "melt" effect :)

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