Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers
Photoshop CS6 can now make use of OpenCL technology to speed up certain aspects of Photoshop's graphics processing. The new accelerated graphics processing has allowed for a new set of Blur Tools filters. These customizable Field, Iris and Tilt-Shift blur effects offer incredibly fast and accurate previews compared to the older Lens Blur filter.
The Blur Tools filters may not have the same range of slider controls as the Lens Blur, but even so, they do provide a lot of flexible user control. For example, using the Tilt-Shift Blur and associated Distortion slider control, it is now possible to create Lens Baby style blur effects at the post-capture stage.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply these blur filters to smart object layers. One could conceivably use smart filters to apply Blur Tools filter effects as a smart object to a video clip layer and thereby achieve the miniaturisation effect that is so popular in time-lapse videos these days.
In the example below I replaced the Iris Blur with a Tilt-Shift blur effect using more or less the same panel settings as shown in the previous image.