"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, when they come for you?".
Well, if you have done something a little bit disgraceful and want to blur out
your face from the offending images without destroying the pictures themselves,
you'll want to learn this simple censorship effect. The results are quick,
easy, and resemble something from a reality cop show.
Open up a stock image in Photoshop of any size and/or format. Don't forget
that you need a reason to censor the image, or it'll just look daft.
Examples of inappropriate censorship include scenes where everyone is
looking away from the camera with faces obscured, etc.
This image was just found via a quick Google Image search for 'arrest'.
We have no idea of the circumstances of the arrest in the picture, nor the
poor soul involved... ;)
2: Ensure the background (or image) layer is selected in the layers
palette. Then, using the Elliptical Marquee Tool, form a selection
around the area that you want pixellated. Don't concentrate
too much on precision if you are aiming for a 'cop show' effect, as the
filters they use usually involve a large area anyway to reduce the amount of
fine adjustment needed during production processing. Now
select Edit > Copy and then Edit > Paste from the main menu to
copy the selection and paste it into a new layer.
3: Ensure that you have no selection active (run Select > Deselect
if needed), and select the new top/copied layer in the layers palette.
Now just run Filters > Pixellate > Mosaic enter a cell size
suitable for your image. This setting is entirely dependant on the
overall dimensions of your image - our example to the left used a cell
size of 8px. Click ok... and there you have it - a quick and
effective censorship method!
Footnote: It is, of course, possible to
censor the background layer directly without copying the selection into its
own layer, but the results usually have a harsh edge. By putting the
censored selection in a separate layer, the final result is much smoother
and more closely resembles the filters used in proper reality cop shows.
- Tutorial written by Man1c M0g
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