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How To Blur Backgrounds in Photoshop

How To Blur Backgrounds in Photoshop

Photoshop gives you the ability to edit and modify different elements of the image you are working on. If you want to create an picture with a trendy blurred background, you can do that easily. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.

Advantages of a Blurred Background

Blurring certain elements of an image automatically draws the eye toward the parts that are in focus. By creating a focal point, you can take an ordinary image and turn it into a work of art or ensure you get your message across by drawing the viewer's gaze to a specific portion of the photo.

Using Iris Blur

Photoshop includes a number or pre-existing blur options. These are located in the Blur Gallery, which you can access from the Filter drop-down menu. This guide covers Iris Blur.

1. Open the file you want to edit in Photoshop.
2. Select the Filter drop-down menu, hover over the Blur Gallery option, and select Iris Blur from the side menu. You'll see a preview of the blur ring with a target in the center, which is called the pin.
3. Move the focal point to your desired location in the photo by clicking on the pin and releasing the mouse when the target is where you want. The image will be sharpest at the pin, and the blurriness of the image will increase in areas far away from the center target point.
4. Use the four points along the outer blur ring to modify the shape of the ring. Hover over a dot until you see a curved arrow, and then move the mouse to rotate the ring or elongate one side to create an ellipse. If you want to move the circle without changing the shape, drag the circle line instead of the one of the dots.
5. Adjust the transition speed of the blur using the white dots inside the ring. The area between the white dots and the outer line will move from 0% to 100% blur. Moving the dots closer to the center will make a smoother transition.
6. Use the blur dial around the center target to modify the amount of blur. Dragging the dial clockwise increases the blur, and vice versa. The Blur Tools panel on the right side also has a slider for adjusting the blur. 
7. Once you're happy with the preview, click OK or press Enter.

Blurring the background of a photo lets you create a strong focal point. With Photoshop and Shutterstock's library of high-quality stock photos, you have everything you need for a stunning image.
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