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PHOTOSHOP® CS DOWN & Dirty TRICKS by Scott Kelby

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Blurred Backscreen Effect

This effect has really become popular in the past 12 months, and I'm seeing it everywhere, from print to TV. It's a takeoff on the classic backscreened effect (where you darken or lighten an area of your photo so that text can placed over the photo and still be easily read); but what they're doing now is blurring just the area behind the screen, leaving the rest of the photo un-blurred, which helps make the type even more readable.

Quick Tip: The fastest way to set your Foreground color to white

Want your Foreground color to be white in a hurry? Just press “d” and then “x.” That's it!

Step ONE.
Open the photo you want to apply text over. Create a new blank layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the ...

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