How to blur background in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are showing you how to blur background in Photoshop. You can also use this to create some fancy background wallpapers for Windows 7 with some cool blurry effects.

how to blur background in photoshop

Blurring the background makes it so much easier to create a contrast between background and foreground. You can use this method to create some really cool Windows 7 themes.

Steps to blur background in Photoshop

1. StepClick Start >> All Programs >> Adobe Design Premium CS5 >> Adobe Photoshop CS5. In this tutorial, we are using Adobe Photoshop CS5 but if you still have earlier version like CS2, 3, 4 then it works on them too.

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2. Step Open the image where you want to blur the background. To do this, Click on the File >> Open and select the file you want to open and click on the Open.

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3. Step Now, Select the Magnetic Lasso Tool (Shortcut – L) and make selection around the image (person / object).

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4. Step On the menu bar, click on the Select >> Inverse (Shortcut – Shift+Ctrl+I).

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5. Step Click on the Filter >> Blur >> Motion Blur.

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6. Step In the Motion Blur window set Distance = 100 pixels, Angle = 0 degree and then click on the OK.

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7. Step Now to remove selection, on the menubar, click on the Select >> Deselect (Shortcut – Ctrl+d).

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8. Step Finally, you will see the output as shown in the screenshot.

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Blurring background looks good when you want to focus on the particular object / person and make rest faded to show it as not important.

Published: Sunday, August 7th, 2011 Last Modified: August 7, 2011

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