New Blur Filter in Photoshop Works Incredibly on Portraits

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Some of Photoshop's most recent updates have added some incredibly powerful editing tools. This new blur filter not only works amazingly well on landscapes images, it is stunning on portraits as well. See how to use it here.

I have to be honest and say that sometimes, I'm really confused by Adobe's roadmap, particularly when it comes to Lightroom and Photoshop. I've made no secret in the past that until very recently, I barely ever used Lightroom, as I grew up using Photoshop and never felt the need to dabble in Lightroom at all. However, some of the additions to Lightroom in the last couple of years have been very impressive, especially its powerful new masking features. That had me thinking that Adobe was lagging on Photoshop, but the neural filters that Adobe keeps releasing and updating are absolutely outstanding when you understand how to use them effectively. 

And that brings us to this great video by Glyn Dewis, in which he introduces you to the new Depth Blur filter in the Neural Filters panel. It is still in beta mode and you will have to update to the latest version of Photoshop to access it, but once you've got it, it is extremely impressive straight off the bat. As Dewis points out, most people will typically use it for landscape images because it helps you add selective blur that you can control with pinpoint accuracy on specific parts of your image. It almost acts as a post-production aperture change, if you will. But it also works extremely well on portraits, as Dewis illustrates perfectly here. Give the video a look, and let me know your thoughts.

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