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Tutorial 13: Taking Advantage of Blurred Photos
What you'll start with: What you'll end up with:

This tutorial shows you how to make use of photos that come out blurred or distorted because of a slow shutter speed. Such photos can make great background objects in other Photoshop works such as wallpapers or Website headers.

1. Load your blurred photo into Photoshop. Go to Filters, Blur, Motion Blur and set the distance to 30.

2. Go to Filters, Distort, Twirl and set the angle to 150 degrees or whatever value you prefer.

3. Now, time to apply a light interlace on the image. Create a new document of size 9x9 and increase the magnification to 1600% by holding down 'Ctrl' and the 'Space Bar' and dragging the magnifying glass slightly and then releasing the mouse button. With the pencil tool selected and the black color selected, draw a diagonal line through the canvas. To save the pattern, go to Edit, Define Pattern and click on OK.

4. Switch back to your original image. Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and fill it with white by selecting white as the foreground color and then clicking Alt and Backspace. Right click on this new layer in the Layers window and click on Blending Options. Choose Pattern Overlay by selecting the option on the left. Now, click on the patterns box and select your pattern from the list. Click on OK.

5. In the Layers window, reduce its opacity to 10%. Then, go to Layers, Merge Down and finally change the layer's opacity to 20%

6. Create a new document with a black background approximately three times as wide as your current image. Drag your image into this document and position in the bottom-left corner. Now, duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) and flip the layer once horizontally and once vertically by going to Edit, Transform. Move the now flipped layer to the top-right corner. Reduce their opacities as you see fit and then place a piece of text or image in the center.