Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

what is that effect that makes it look like a camera was rotated 20 degrees or so while taking the shot? it makes it kind of rounded at the edges, like this:

enter image description here

share|improve this question

migrated from Apr 7 '11 at 2:56

This question came from our site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers.

Not sure this is on topic... – Jay Lance Photography Apr 4 '11 at 1:11
@Jay - I'm sure... it's not. – John Cavan Apr 4 '11 at 3:23
@John - OK, I actually was sure it wasn't on topic, but I was trying to be 'non-confrontational.' (Whatever that means)... :-) – Jay Lance Photography Apr 4 '11 at 8:33
it's photo editing.... – tekknolagi Apr 4 '11 at 23:46 least its already answered and you can forget about it – tekknolagi Apr 5 '11 at 22:34

Looks like a radial blur. In photoshop you'd select Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and select the "Spin" option (as opposed to "Zoom").

share|improve this answer
is it available in the GIMP? – tekknolagi Apr 3 '11 at 23:17
In GIMP it is located under Filters > Blur > Motion Blur, where you then select 'Radial'. – Sean Apr 3 '11 at 23:28
thank you! helped a lot! – tekknolagi Apr 4 '11 at 0:33

Radial blur.

It's available in most of photo editing software.

share|improve this answer

To produce that image, it looks like a radial blur has been overlaid on top of the original image with partial transparency so that you still see the sharp details through the blur.

  1. Duplicate the current layer
  2. Set the new layer to 50% opacity
  3. Add radial blur (a type of motion blur) to top layer

A radial blur on its own would be blurry at the corners, but in the above example it's still possible to read "search here" on the top right or "Canada College" on the top left.

share|improve this answer
thank you very much!! this was by far the most helpful answer – tekknolagi Apr 5 '11 at 22:34
Don't forget to accept this answer. – jhocking Apr 8 '11 at 18:39

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.