Selective Blur

Selective Blur

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add a Selective Blur in Photoshop



Since the eye is drawn to in-focus objects, you may want to de-emphasize areas of your image by blurring. This method allows you to blur selected areas.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. The Preview box should be checked. Your entire image will blur, but just watch the less important background objects. Press OK to accept the image.

Step Three

Open the History palette (Window > History) and click the History Brush box for the Gaussian Blur step. This is the version that your brush uses to paint the image.

Step Four

Click the step name just above the Gaussian Blur step. This takes the image back to what it looked like before blurring.

Step Five

Select the History Brush tool. Set the Blending Mode to Normal in the brush options.

Step Six

Paint the areas to blur with the History Brush. Use a soft edged brush and vary the opacity and size if desired.

Optional Blur Filters

Lens Blur, Surface Blur and Smart Blur also work quite well with this method.


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