How To Blur: The Tools

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Hello everyone, this will just be a short article where I will introduce the filters and tools that you can use in Clip Studio Paint to achieve blur effect for your artwork. There is another article I made that explains the tricks and techniques that you can use with the blur effects in your artwork which you can find at the bottom of this article.

Anyway, are you ready? Let's go!


There are three ways you can use to blur; (1) the blur filters, (2) the blend tool and (3) the brush tool.

1. The Blur Filters

The “blur filters” is the blurring method that I primarily use for my artworks.

If you check the menu bar on top, click on the [Filter] button and you will see a [Blur] option. Hovering your mouse on the option will reveal six different blur filters which are Blur, Blur (Strong), Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur, Radial Blur, and Smoothing.

Let’s quickly go through all the blur filters!

i. BLUR
The [Blur] filter will apply moderate blurring to your image.

ii. BLUR (STRONG)
The [Blur (Strong)] filter has the same effect as [Blur] but it is stronger. I personally prefer to use this one in my artworks.

iii. GAUSSIAN BLUR
The [Gaussian Blur] will reduce the noise and details in the image, creating the “foggy window” blur effect.

iv. MOTION BLUR
For the [Motion Blur], you are able to control the smudge movement (angle) and strength of the blur. This blur is useful for creating the illusion of movement.

v. RADIAL BLUR
[Radial Blur], as the name suggests, forms radial/ circular shaped blur which is often used in scenes that portray urgency, danger or echo.

vi. SMOOTHING
Lastly, [Smoothing] is used to smoothen and remove noise from the artwork. It is barely noticeable but it is good in case your artwork has too many noise and you would like it to appear smoother.

2. The Blend Tool

The [Blend] tool is available on the toolbar at the side. If you look at the sub tool bar, you will see three different variations of the blend tool which are 1) [Blend], 2) [Blur], and 3) [Finger Tip].

Each of these sub tools give a different degree of blurring. Unlike the blur filters, this tool allows you to manually and carefully blur out certain specific parts of your artwork.

3. The Brush Tool

Finally, we have the [Brush] tool which you can also find on the toolbar at the side.

Yes, you can also actually use any of the brushes of your choice under the [Brush] tool to blur! The trick to using the [Brush] tool to blur is you need to be able to control your drawing tablet’s pen sensitivity and pick appropriate color to blend with the other colors.

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...And that's it! Be sure to check my other article on how to use these blur filters and tools on artworks.

Until then, have fun experimenting!

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