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Sunday, 11 May 2014

How to Blur Background and Focus Foreground in Photoshop


BEFORE

             

                                                          



AFTER





METHOD 1:

1. Use the quick selection tool to select the area to foucs. Set the brush size and hardness.

2. Right click and select "Select Inverse". This will select the area to blur.


3. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur.



4. Select the pixel radius (anything between 5 to 10 is good. This image is at 5 pixels radius). Enable Preview to see the change.

5. Click OK.

METHOD 2:

1. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer, and rename it.

2. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the pixel radius until you are happy with the amount of blur in the image.

3. Adding the Gaussian Blur will have blurred the whole image, so now we need to remove the blur from your subject. To do this simply select the erase tool and brush over the subject to remove the blur. Use a smaller sized and softer brush when you get to the edges (right click to set the brush size and hardness).

(Make sure that the duplicate layer is selected while applying the Gaussian Blur, while using the brush tool and the duplicate layer is above the original layer)

Enjoy....

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