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Spin Blur Filter In Photoshop Tutorial For Amazing Blur Effects Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021


How to use the spin blur in Photoshop. The spin blur filter is found within the blur gallery which is available in more recent versions of Adobe Photoshop in the blur menu and filters. Well, what does it do ? It spins part of an image, it can be used to spin the entire image but it works just as well and quicker working with small parts of an image such as if you want to add some motion to an object or a part of a picture.


Create your design, it can be layers, it can be a smart object and then apply the filter. The spin blur does not include a huge amount of options : center of blur interactive found in the preview as well as the range of the blur, the interactive circle on the preview and you can make this circular or elliptical. You can also rotate and re-size this range control. The controls include only one : blur angle, set that to zero and there is no blur, set it to 360 and that blur area is rotated to the max around that defined center point.


You can also go to the controls in the blur gallery and add in motion effects such as strobe strength and strobe flashes and strobe flash duration (great for adding some spacing into the spin); the noise tab is also available and you can add in grain (gaussian etc), amount, size, roughness, color and highlights.


You can add more than one spin within the spin-blur just by clicking the pin on the preview. These spins can overlap but they don't blend into each other nor is there any blending mode feature between them.


As with all filters in Photoshop, the spin blur / blur gallery can be applied more than once. You can vary the settings or just apply the repeat command. You can also use the edit command and fade and fade the spin blur filter and also add in a blending mode to change how it blends with the underlying image


You can use the blur gallery on layers. You can use the layers as smart objects and apply the spin blur as a smart filter which can be altered at any point as well as removed


Sadly, for some reason, you cannot use the spin blur in different channels. Also, you will find it is not accessible in all image modes


You can combine the spin blur in Photoshop selections to create blurs in different parts of the image. You can combine the spin blur with other effects and also combine them with actions so you can re-apply the action over and over with the spin blur and other effects combined.


The spin blur filter is a powerful tool for all kinds of work, subtle as well as creating extreme blur effects.


Please check out the tutorial at the top of the page about the spin blur as well as other videos on the blur gallery from the graphicxtras channel on YouTube.